Reward offered for robber hitting area pharmacies

A security-camera image shows the man being sought in 13 robberies by the ATF and local police departments.
A security-camera image shows the man being sought in 13 robberies by the ATF and local police departments.
Posted: October 26, 2012

A $50,000 reward was announced Thursday for the capture of a drugstore desperado who robbed 13 Philadelphia-area pharmacies of prescription drugs and money.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced a $10,000 reward Thursday for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible." Rite-Aid posted an additional $40,000 reward, administered through the Citizens Crime Commission, for the robberies at Rite-Aid locations.

The collective value of the drugs and money stolen was not immediately available.

As seen in security-camera footage from at least four locations, the thief is a white male of average build, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet in height. The joint investigation involves the ATF, Philadelphia Police Department, Abington Township Police Department, and Borough of Glenolden Police Department.

The first of the 13 robberies took place Jan. 8 at a CVS in Burholme. The most recent occurred Oct. 17 at the Stanwood Pharmacy in Rhawnhurst. All of the incidents were armed robberies, according to special agent Steven Bartholomew, a spokesman for the ATF's Philadelphia Field Division.

The robber took money and prescription drugs, Bartholomew said, including OxyContin, Percocet, and Xanax.

No injuries have occurred, and the gun was not discharged in any of the robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS.


Contact Jonathan Lai at 215-854-2771, jlai@philly.com, or on Twitter @elaijuh.

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