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December 26, 2013

Reward offered for Rite Aid holdup

TICONDEROGA — A reward is being offered for information on an unsolved armed robbery in Ticonderoga just over a year ago.

The Crime Stoppers group is offering a $2,500 reward through RxPatrol for information leading to the apprehension of the suspect responsible for the robbery on Nov. 8, 2012, at Rite Aid Pharmacy at the Four Corners in Ticonderoga.

Rite Aid has also offered $5,000, so the total reward would be $7,500.

The holdup occurred when a white male, about 6’3” tall and weighing about 180 pounds, entered the store and demanded prescription painkillers. He wore a hooded gray sweatshirt, brown Carhartt jacket, faded jeans, black sneakers and a black knit hat with a short brim.

Although the store had surveillance cameras, no usable photograph of the suspect was able to be produced.

Ticonderoga Town Police said the suspect walked into the store through the front door at 6:11 p.m., approached the pharmacy counter and passed the druggist a note demanding controlled substances.

The suspect fled out the front door after he was given an undetermined amount of medicine.

The note implied the man was armed with a handgun, but no weapon was actually seen, Ticonderoga Town Police said at the time.

Anyone with information about this robbery or the suspect should call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 888-4RxTIPS (1-888-479-8477).

Crime Stoppers President Gene Ferrara said in a news release that information they get is kept anonymous.

“It’s important for people to know that all information that we get is kept completely confidential. Callers never have to give their names or appear in court. The Crime Stoppers tip line does not use any tape recording or Caller ID devices.”

The group offering the reward, RxPatrol, part of Purdue Pharma LP, says it is a collaborative effort between industry, pharmacists and law enforcement to collect, collate, analyze and disseminate information on pharmacy theft.

Purdue Pharma makes the medications sought by the robber: hydromorphone, oxycodone, fentanyl, codeine and hydrocodone.

Although a large search of the area was initiated by police after the robbery and roadblocks were set up, no trace of the suspect was found.

Other similar pharmacy robberies in Vermont at about the same time period are also unsolved.

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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