Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Bandit takes nearly 3,000 pills from Milton pharmacy.

By David Ibata
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A man who passed a clerk a note saying he had gun robbed a north Fulton County pharmacy of nearly 3,000 pills, then may have gotten away on a bicycle, police said.

Enlarge photo Channel 2 Action News A surveillance camera caught this image of a man who police say robbed a CVS Pharmacy in Milton of nearly 3,000 pills. Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Pharmacy robberies like this one are becoming a trend, Channel 2 Action News reported.

"Between the people who are addicted to it and the people using it for profit, I suspect you'll see a lot more of it," Milton police Detective Charles Barstow told Channel 2.

The robbery occurred about 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the CVS Pharmacy on Ga. 9 in Milton.

A man "went to the back counter where the pharmacy is and presented a note stating that he had a weapon and that he desired certain prescription medications from behind the counter," Barstow said.

The store's pharmacist told investigators he saw a bulge in the suspect's waistband area but no weapon. He went back to the safe and started loading drugs into a CVS bag.

"The suspect appeared very nervous and [was] stammering things under his breath," police said in the incident report. A cashier told police she heard the man say, "I am sick. This is an epidemic and no one will give me what I want."

The bandit took 810 pills of Percocet, 407 pills of Oxycodone and 1,686 pills of Alprazolam, police said. Percocet and Oxycodone are powerful pain relievers, and Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic disorder.

The pharmacist estimated the pharmacy value of the drugs to be $1,500 to $2,000, police said. Investigators estimated the "street value" of the haul could be about $20,000, Channel 2 reported.

"On the street, some of the pills are going for $20 a piece," Barstow said.

The man ran outside and into the woods behind the store. Police described him as a white male in his mid 20s, wearing a red Nike shirt, gray sweatpants and baseball hat and carrying a dark-color backpack.

Milton police set up a perimeter and, assisted by Alpharetta police and an Alpharetta K-9 unit, searched for the suspect but did not find him. They did recover a black and white Huffy bicycle believed to have been the suspect's in the woods near Oakmeade Trace and Bethany Bend.

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