Surprise Pharmacy Robbed at Gunpoint. Robber Takes Pills, Leaves Cash

If you're going to all the trouble of committing armed robbery -- even if you're really only looking for prescription pills -- you might as well take some cash, too.

You see, pill-poppers, once you polish off the pharmies you rob, you can often use money to buy more -- kind of a two-birds-one-stone type of thing.

This is a concept the suspect in a Surprise pharmacy robbery didn't seem to understand. The guy went through the headache of holding up a Walgreens, took pills, but left the cash.

According to the Surprise Police Department, an unknown suspect robbed the Walgreens Pharmacy near 155th Avenue and Waddell Road last night.

The suspect approached a pharmacist, flashed a piece, and then asked for OxyContin and Percocet.

The pharmacist handed over the drugs, and the robber left.

At the time of the robbery, there was a gray, late-model, two-door passenger vehicle in the parking lot with the engine running. Nobody saw the suspect get in the vehicle, but police say it may have been used as a getaway vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 25 years old, 5-foot-6, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt, black jeans, black shoes, and black sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Surprise Police Department at 623-222-4000 or Silent Witness at 1-800-WITNESS.

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L. Gant, MEd
L. Gant, MEd

There has been an increase in drug store robberies that correlates with the recent surge in the nation's prescription medication abuse various drug detox centers have reported.

P. Hanley, MEd
P. Hanley, MEd

Drug store and pharmacy robberies have increased in direct correlation with the United States growing prescription drug addiction. Something needs to be done on the distribution and dispersion level to safeguard these drugs, whether it be increased security or locking up the narcotic meds. There has also been a surge in prescription drug detox check-ins, reports the DEA.

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