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Police seek man in string of pharmacy heists

BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Police say the man who robbed a Fredericksburg CVS last week is a suspect in the robberies of CVS pharmacies in at least two other localities during the past month.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said Fredericksburg detectives and their counterparts in Hanover and Henrico counties have looked at surveillance videos and believe the same man is responsible for at least three robberies.

In each case, the robber approached the pharmacy counter while holding a handkerchief over his face and demanded prescription drugs, mostly oxycodone.

In the Fredericksburg robbery, he implied that he had a gun, while in at least one of the other robberies a gun was actually displayed.

The robbery at 591 Jefferson Davis Highway near the entrance to Mary Washington Hospital took place at 6:40 a.m.

After threatening the pharmacist several times, the robber got more than $2,000 worth of oxycodone and other prescription drugs. He was last seen running toward the back of the store, where police say he had a vehicle waiting.

Police said the same man got oxycodone and hydrocodone during a July 15 robbery at the CVS on Woodman Road in Henrico.

On July 28 on Charter Gate Drive in Hanover, the robber demanded 15mg oxycodone, police said.

The robber is described as a black man, 28 to 35 years old, 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall, 170 to 180 pounds with a light to medium complexion. He had a close cut beard and a black handgun.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Patrick Lamb in Fredericksburg at 540/654-5740 or the Hanover Sheriff’s Office at 804/730-6140 or Henrico Police Department at 804/501-4869.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

 

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