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Man attempts to rob two Hagerstown pharmacies

January 21, 2013|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • A Hagerstown Police Department car sits Monday in front of the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Burhans Boulevard. A man entered the store Monday afternoon, demanded Xanax and then fled with an undisclosed amount of the prescription drug.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

A man entered a pair of Hagerstown pharmacies Monday afternoon in search of illegally obtaining the prescription drug Xanax, but was only successful in robbing one store, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

The robber, who was still at-large Monday night, is described as a white male in his late 20s or 30s, approximately 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 with an average build and scruffy facial hair, Sgt. Jim Hurd said in a news release.

Witness accounts and surveillance footage confirmed that the same man committed both attempted robberies, Hurd said. Police have not yet been able to positively identify the man.

The first attempted robbery was reported about 1 p.m. at the Weis Markets pharmacy at 12817 Shank Farm Way.

Weis employees told responding officers that a man entered the store, threatened pharmacy clerks with a weapon and demanded Xanax, according to Hurd’s release and Sgt. Jim Long at the scene.

When employees informed the man that police had been notified, he fled the store, Hurd said. No weapon was displayed in that incident.

Initially, police believed the man fled toward the rear of Weis toward the area of Little Elliott Drive, but then about 45 minutes later, another robbery was reported a couple miles away at the Rite Aid on North Burhans Boulevard.

Rite Aid employees told police there that a man again entered the store at 901 N. Burhans Blvd., and again demanded Xanax, Hurd said.

The employees complied with the man’s requests and he fled the store. No weapon was displayed in this incident either, said Hurd, who did not indicate how much of the drug was obtained.

A female clerk at Rite Aid said she had just left for lunch when she was called back into the store after the robber attempted to get drugs from the pharmacy.

“We need business, but not that kind of business,” the clerk said as police were interviewing store personnel nearby.

Hurd said the robber was seen fleeing both locations in a dirty, white late 1990s or early 2000s minivan, which had a “rounded body style” believed to be a Dodge although witnesses weren’t completely sure.

The vehicle has a dent in the driver’s side front — either on the front fender or the driver’s door, he said.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the Hagerstown Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 301-790-3700.

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