Victim in armed robbery spree targeting Del., Pa. pharmacies speaks out

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A victim in an armed robbery spree targeting pharmacies in Delaware and Pennsylvania spoke to Action News on Monday.

The owner of the Springfield Pharmacy in Delaware County, says she felt "violated (and) upset" during the incident that was captured on surveillance video.

It was a few weeks ago when two men, armed with guns, simply walked into the shop demanding prescription drugs and money.

They got away with $1,300 cash and $50,000 worth of pharmaceuticals, including Xanax, oxycodone and Percocet.

Investigators say those drugs, in that amount, could have a street value topping $1 million.

The owner, who asked that we not reveal her identity, says it was the most frightening and discouraging experience of her life.

"I worked so hard, four-and-a-half years of my life. That store is like my baby," said the owner.

The FBI believes that robbery is linked to two other similar robberies in our region that were also captured on surveillance video.

One occurred at the Rite-Aid in Claymont, Delaware, back on July 8. Images captured a different robbery at the Health Plus Pharmacy in Upper Darby just three weeks ago.

The owner of the Springfield Pharmacy says the good news is that there were no customers inside her store at the time.

But she admits, despite upgrading her security system, she will likely feel vulnerable until the thieves are captured.

"I'm grateful that we're safe, we didn't get hurt - physically - but emotionally you can't reverse it," said the owner.

No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Investigators say there is a third person involved serving as the driver of the getaway car.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the FBI offices in Philadelphia.
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