NE Phila. pharmacy robbed

January 13, 2009 6:34:00 PM PST
Philadelphia police are looking for an armed man they said held up a Northeast Philadelphia pharmacyPhiladelphia police are looking for an armed man they said held up a Northeast Philadelphia pharmacy on Tuesday.

It happened at the Bluegrass Pharmacy on the 2400 block of Welsh Road in the Bluegrass Shopping Center. Shortly after 4:30 p.m. police said a man entered the pharmacy, fired a single shot into the ceiling and demanded a pharmacist to turn over an unspecified quantity of oxycontin and percocet. Police said the amount of prescription drugs taken was worth about 5-thousand dollars. The man fled in a car. Noone was hurt.

Police recovered surveillance video from the holdup and are trying to determine if the man is the same one being sought in connection with a couple other holdups in Northeast Philadelphia.

The two robberies in Northeast Philadelphia happened on January 12th. The first robbery occurred at 5:21 p.m. at 9200 Frankford Ave. at the Payless Shoe Store. The male displayed what appeared to be a handgun and took money from the register.

The second robbery occurred approximately four hours later at 9:27 p.m., at 10901 Bustleton Ave., inside the CVS store. In this robbery, the male order the employee to open the register while showing a handgun. The offender fled in a four door white sedan with damage to the driver's side front fender.

The perpetrator is described as a white male, 35-40 years of age, approximately 6'0", wearing a multi-colored hat, primarily red, and blue zip-up jacket. The male was further described as having bad acne, a ruddy complexion, with a mustache and a unique left eye, which was diseased or possibly a glass eye. This male should be considered armed and dangerous.

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