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July 11, 2012

Walgreens robbed

Allegedly stole prescriptiondrugs; suspect still at large

PLATTSBURGH — Police are still searching for a man who allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of Oxycontin and Oxycodone from Walgreens on Cornelia Street Tuesday afternoon.

This marks the second manhunt here in a little more than a week.

Police based their description on some “very good” surveillance video captured by security cameras in the drugstore as well as information from witnesses, Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said.

He described the suspect as white, tall and thin, in his late 20s to early 30s, with a black goatee. He was wearing a black cap under a gray hoodie with a white design on the front and sunglasses. The sleeves of the hoodie were pushed up, and he was wearing blue jeans. 

TOOK OFF RUNNING

There were a few customers in the drugstore at about 2:30 p.m. when the man “nonchalantly” walked up to the pharmacy counter, located in the back corner of the store, and passed a note to the pharmacist saying he had a knife and wanted drugs, Racicot said.

The man didn’t show a weapon, and no one in the store was injured.

“He didn’t start running until he actually got outside of the store and took off running through the parking lot toward the tree line” behind Burger King, Racicot said.

It wasn’t known whether he escaped on foot or by vehicle, but within minutes, authorities were searching the environs, including Burger King next door and other businesses. Customers in the drive-thru at Dunkin’ Donuts were surprised to see several police officers in the parking lot.

Police were contacting area pharmacies, giving employees details related to the robbery in case the suspect tried to get more prescription drugs from another store.

Police collected surveillance footage from Burger King and Sunshine Sunoco, across the street from Walgreens.

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