$5,000 reward after same Rite Aid robbed twice

May 22, 2012 9:43:49 AM PDT
The Rite Aid Corporation and the Citizens Crime Commission are offering a $5,000 reward after one Philadelphia store was robbed twice in one week.

The first robbery happened around 4:15 a.m. on May 14th at the Rite Aid at 2503 Welsh Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

Police say the suspect walked up to the pharmacy's drop-off area, pointed a handgun at the pharmacist and demanded percocet. The pharmacist handed over a bag full of the drug and the suspect left through the front door.

Then, at 2:30 a.m. on May 21st, a man entered the store but, this time, there was a uniformed security officer on duty. However, police say, the suspect pulled a gun and ordered the guard to get down on the ground while the pharmacist hid behind the counter.

The suspect told the pharmacist to come out of hiding or he would shoot the guard, police said. The pharmacist emerged and the gunman told him to hand over all of the percocet. The pharmacist complied and the man left through the front door.

There was no word yet on if the same man was responsible for both incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Citizens Crime Commission tipline at 215-546-TIPS (8477)

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