Rite Aid offers reward to catch bandits

Rite Aid has offered a $10,000 re­ward in an ef­fort to identi­fy and cap­ture three men who com­mit­ted a Nov. 18 armed rob­bery of the chain’s pre­vi­ously tar­geted store at Welsh and Blue Grass roads.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cit­izens Crime Com­mis­sion, which is ad­min­is­ter­ing the re­ward, three men wear­ing hood­ies and masks entered the phar­macy at 4:28 a.m., forced a se­cur­ity guard to the floor at gun­point and ordered an as­sist­ant man­ager to sur­render more than $1,900 in cash.

Po­lice say that the latest rob­bery was not re­lated to two pri­or armed heists of the same Rite Aid last May 14 and 21. On Nov. 12, po­lice ar­res­ted two men for the earli­er rob­ber­ies and charged them with more than a dozen oth­er area hol­dups dat­ing back to Decem­ber 2011.

The re­ward is be­ing offered for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rests and con­vic­tions of the cul­prits in the Nov. 18 case. The Crime Com­mis­sion did not provide de­tailed de­scrip­tions of the men. A sur­veil­lance photo shows one of the sus­pects wear­ing a gray hooded sweat­shirt, light-colored pants and a white scarf or handker­chief over his nose and mouth. He ap­pears to be Caucasi­an. Im­ages of the oth­er two sus­pects were not re­leased.

Call 215-546-TIPS to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. ••

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