Reward For Peoria Pill Bandit Goes from $2,000 to $5,000

Categories: Crime Blotter
The man in this photo is the infamous Pill Bandit. Anyone with information as to his identity is asked to call police.
The reward for the Peoria Pill Bandit has been upped from $2,000 to $5,000, because despite having a clear-as-day picture of this guy's mug, police still can't track him down.

Bandit -- if you're reading -- 2K may seem like chump-change but think of all the pills you could get with $5 grand.

The bandit has been linked to at least 12 pharmacy robberies in Peoria, Scottsdale, Glendale, Phoenix, Surprise and Tempe.

Police say the bandit's m.o. is to go into pharmacies, pull a giant kitchen knife out of a black binder, and demand prescription medications from the pharmacists.

His latest heist happened at the CVS at 8332 West Thunderbird Road in Peoria, where he walked into the store wearing a blue, hooded, Disneyland sweatshirt, pulled his knife, seemed to almost smile for the security camera, and made off with an undetermined amount of meds.

The suspect is described as 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing between 170 and 180 pounds, with brown hair. Police say he is estimated to be in his mid- to late-30s. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-Witness (480-948-6377).

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