Rite Aid Corp. and the Citizens Crime Commission have posted a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected of a dozen gunpoint robberies of Northeast pharmacies since last December.
The same robber is also a suspect in similar heists at a local 7-Eleven and a Delaware County pharmacy during the same 10-month period.
The most recent robbery occurred on Sept. 29 at the Rite Aid at 12311 Academy Road. The suspect arrived at about 6 a.m., pointed a gun at employees and demanded prescription pills. The bandit took multiple pill containers and fled the store, running eastbound on Byberry Road. He wore a white mask, a red baseball cap with a black brim, a long-sleeve black shirt, gloves, jeans and dark shoes.
Similar crimes occurred at QRX Pharmacy, 7063 Castor Ave. (Dec. 10); Holmesburg Pharmacy, 8039 Frankford Ave. (Dec. 22); CVS, 7350 Oxford Ave. (Jan. 8); Circle Pharmacy, 2853 Holme Ave. (Jan. 25); 7-Eleven, 1435 Cottman Ave. (Feb. 25); CVS, 8525 Frankford Ave. (Feb. 26); Rite Aid, 2503 Welsh Road (May 14); Rite Aid, 2503 Welsh Road (May 21); Rite Aid, 6363 Frankford Ave. (June 11); Rite Aid, 8445 Frankford Ave. (June 23); Rite Aid, 7941 Oxford Ave. (July 4); CVS, 7350 Oxford Ave. (Aug. 6); and Rite Aid, 327 N. Chester Pike, Glenolden (Sept. 4).
The robber has been described as white or Hispanic, in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, with a thin or medium build. He often wears a white scarf to cover his face, but has been described as having blond hair and blue or light-colored eyes. He was seen exiting a 2001-2007 Chevy Trailblazer prior to the Jan. 25 robbery.Call 215-546-TIPS to report information about the crimes. ••EndFragment