Armed robber gets away with narcotics

Surveillance photo provided by Virginia Beach Police

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – There have been two pharmacy robberies in Hampton Roads within 10 days, and in both cases, the suspects got away with prescription drugs.

The most recent incident happened around 4 a.m. Wednesday in Virginia Beach. The location was the CVS Pharmacy at 6099 Indian River Road, according to James Cason with Virginia Beach Police.

The lone suspect, described as a white man in his 20s, was armed with a silver revolver when he abducted a female clerk and forced her to the pharmacy area. There he demanded prescription drugs. After receiving narcotics, the suspect fled the area on foot.

Cason said no one was hurt during the robbery, but that doesn’t comfort some customers. For Stephen Proast, safety is a concern.

“There’s no security in here,” he said. “Of course they’d come in at four o’clock in the morning — not that many people. If they had better security, it probably wouldn’t have happened.”

And the robbery doesn’t surprise Proast.

“It’s been happening a lot lately,” he said. “People down and out, they’re struggling for money. I don’t know if this person was a drug addict or not, but it revolves around money. They get the drugs, they sell them and make money.”

In the past year, close to half a dozen local CVS pharmacies have been robbed of cash or prescription drugs. And as detectives continue to look for the suspect in this latest pharmacy hold-up, police across the region are comparing notes.

The suspect is this case is described as being about 6’2″ tall and weighing about 180 pounds. Cason said he was wearing a dark-colored jacket, red bandanna, dark-colored jeans, and white gloves. He was armed with a silver revolver and was carrying a backpack.

The department’s Robbery Unit is investigating the robbery. Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

A store manager at the CVS Pharmacy declined comment about the robbery and referred to a corporate office. 10 On Your Side had not heard back from CVS.

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