Search for armed drugstore bandits nets the wrong men

On City Avenue in Lower Merion, police stop a car then thought connected to the armed robbery of a substantial amount of cash by two bandits from a CVS store in Bala Cynwyd at 5:40 a.m. Monday. Employees identified the two men in the car as having been at the store but having no connection to the crime. No one was hurt in the holdup, in which employees were ushered to an office in the back. For photos of the car stop, link to http://phillyrover.posterous.com/photo-lower-merion-police-pull-over-car-on-ciALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
On City Avenue in Lower Merion, police stop a car then thought connected to the armed robbery of a substantial amount of cash by two bandits from a CVS store in Bala Cynwyd at 5:40 a.m. Monday. Employees identified the two men in the car as having been at the store but having no connection to the crime. No one was hurt in the holdup, in which employees were ushered to an office in the back. For photos of the car stop, link to http://phillyrover.posterous.com/photo-lower-merion-police-pull-over-car-on-ciALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Posted: May 22, 2012

Police in Montgomery County were searching for two armed bandits who held up a CVS Pharmacy at gunpoint early Monday in Bala Cynwyd.

Lower Merion Police Superintendent Michael McGrath said the crime occurred at 5:40 a.m. inside the pharmacy at 101 W. City Ave.

Employees told police that the two entered the store and ushered workers to an office in the back, then left the pharmacy with a substantial amount of cash. No one was hurt during the holdup, McGrath said.

Not long after the incident, Lower Merion police officers spotted a car that had been seen leaving the area, McGrath said. Officers pulled over the vehicle and, because the car was believed to be connected with an armed robbery, armed themselves with high-powered weapons.

The two men in the car were taken into custody without incident. Police who took store employees to the scene of the stop to make an identification learned the pair had been at the CVS Monday morning but had no connection with the robbery. The two were released at the point of the car stop.

McGrath said no one had been arrested. The investigation is continuing.

For photos of the car stop, link to: http://phillyrover.posterous.com/photo-lower-merion-police-pull-over-car-on-ci

Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8232 or bcook@phillynews.com. Read her blog MontCo Memo at www.philly.com.

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