Man sought in dozen drug store robberies


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 

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