Man steals narcotics in Rite Aid robbery

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PARK LAYNE, Ohio (WDTN) – Police are investigating yet another pharmacy robbery in the Miami Valley – this time at a Rite Aid in Park Layne.

Officers say a man walked up to the pharmacy counter and delivered a note: demanding narcotics and claiming he had a weapon

It happened around 9:15 Tuesday morning at the pharmacy on McAdams Drive.

“I just come to drop off my son’s prescriptions and I guess they’ve been robbed yet again,” Rite Aid customer Anna Phelps said. “This is just getting bad. The sheriff’s are doing everything they can to clear this area up – but we got to help the cops.”

Clark County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Kristopher Shultz said police were called to scene after the pharmacist called 911.

“The subject had come into the store, presented a note to the pharmacy, demanding an unspecified quantity of narcotics and claiming that there was a weapon,” Shultz said.

The pharmacist complied, handing over the pills. The suspect then took off.

This incident, the latest in a string of other pharmacy robberies.

Thieves targeted a Rite Aid in Xenia and a Walgreens in Franklin within this past week, alone.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant Kristopher Shultz says officers are working to determine if the robberies are connected. 

“Like with all things, there’s certain aspects to this type of offense that are pretty consistent across the board, regardless of time or place where they occur,” Shultz said.

“So, that’s why we’re getting with these other jurisdictions and federal authorities to see what information we can correlate with each other and see what we can develop from that.”

Police say the suspect in this latest incident may have escaped in a tan colored Bonneville or Grand Am.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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