Caught on camera: armed robber steals pills from multiple pharmacies

Caught on camera: armed robber steals pills

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Authorities want you to take a good look at the man in the sunglasses.

Investigators need help identifying this man, believed to have robbed seven different pharmacies in January.
Investigators need help identifying this man, believed to have robbed seven different pharmacies in January.

Investigators say he’s robbed at least seven different pharmacies and stolen thousands of dollars worth of medication.

Officials are calling these “note-robberies.”

They said he shows up at the pharmacy counter at your local CVS or Walgreen, passes a note, and demands pills.

What’s concerning is that he’s armed, and doing this all while customers are shopping nearby.

Investigators said the man hand a note over to the person working the counter at the pharmacy, demanding pills, and saying he's armed.
Investigators said the man hand a note over to the person working the counter at the pharmacy, demanding pills, and saying he's armed.

“You don’t know what could happen with an armed person like this,” said Sgt. John Pennington with Crimestoppers. “When most of us go to a location, we have the anticipation that we’re going to be safe, that we’re not going to encounter something going on, or be caught in the middle of something.”

But that's what's happening at pharmacies in Fultondale, Center Point, Pinson, Leeds, and other possible areas.

The man is described as tall and skinny.

Investigators said he comes into the store, waves at the clerk in the front, then heads to the back where the pharmacies are.

“He’ll get up to the counter where the pharmacist is, hand a note, and stand there like he’s transacting business,” said Sgt. Pennington. “Of course, the note itself is demanding narcotics. It’s a threatening note, indicating that he has a weapon.”

Sgt. John Pennington
Sgt. John Pennington

Sgt. Pennington said in Pinson, the man pulled out his weapon and appeared to chamber a round.

“In that particular robbery, a customer actually comes up and stands behind him. Apparently unaware of what’s going on,” he said.

Investigators think this same man, wearing the sunglasses, has hit seven different locations in January, stealing Percocet tablets, and possibly selling them on the street.

“They will continue as long as they’re lucrative, and as long as the chance of them getting caught is relatively low,” Sgt. Pennington said.

Investigators know someone knows who this man is.

If that someone is you, call Crimestoppers at 205-254-7777.

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