Serial robber hits pharmacies inside Tucson grocery stores - Tucson News Now

Serial robber hits pharmacies inside Tucson grocery stores

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A serial robber on the loose is putting a new twist on pharmacy rip-offs.

Tucson police are asking for the public's help to track down the suspect. Police say their suspect is discreet, hitting pharmacies inside grocery stores all over town, and at different times of day.
     
In the past two weeks, police say the suspect robbed the pharmacy at the Safeway on Broadway near Houghton, then the Fry's pharmacy on 22nd near Alvernon, and Tuesday he hit another Fry's pharmacy on Grant near Alvernon.
     
People who shop at the most recently hit Fry's say they are surprised this happened at their regular store.
     
"I think the security here needs to be upgraded and the procedures here we need to look out for stuff like that," one shopper said.
   
Police say security has not been beefed up at any of the stores. They say their suspect will go up to the pharmacy and demand pills, threatening harm if he doesn't get them. The suspect has never shown a weapon, but has said he has one. 
     
Sergeant Chris Widmer with Tucson Police says the pills the suspect is after are stronger prescription pain medication, not the same as oxycodone, but similar.
     
"Obviously as soon as he leaves 911 is called," Widmer said. "In one of the cases he left in a vehicle, that was the first robbery. He's doing these doing heavy traffic hours. With all these vehicles it is hard to mix in."
     
The suspect is a while male, 30 to 40 years old, about six feet tall and between 180 and 200 pounds. He has brown hair with some gray.
     
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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