$2,500 reward for information about Walgreens robberies

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 6:54 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—There have been three robberies in one month; all at local Walgreens.

The first happened on October 12 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and the second happened in Middletown on October 26.

The most recent took place this past Wednesday at the Walgreen’s on Frankfort Avenue.

Every pharmacy hit has been in a busy part of town and the suspect has fled on foot.

The suspect's image has been caught on security tapes, leading police to believe the same man has committed all the crimes.

“The suspect is described as a white male; approximately 5 foot nine. He appears to be 25 to 30 years old and weighing about 160 pounds,” Lt. Jennifer Coe said.

Police say the man claims he has a gun but no one has ever seen it. They also say he's never been violent.

“The suspect just approached the counter calmly and then makes the demands,” Lt. Coe said.

WHAS11 spoke to one local pharmacist and she told us most thieves usually target painkillers. 

She said for that reason, highly sought-after medication usually has a stricter inventory.

“Where I work, we keep very little of anything that anybody would be very interested in. In fact, we turn some prescriptions away because it may be something we don’t want to keep,”  pharmacist Kim Eckerle said.

She and police both say no matter how calm a robber appears, in situations like this, it's best to hand over what they want.

“If someone says they have a gun, you have to believe them,” Eckerle said . 

“It's a scary situation for anyone to go to work and then be threatened with a gun when you're just doing your job,” Lt. Coe said .

A $2500 dollar reward is being offered for anyone with information that can help solve these crimes. Call Kentuckiana Crimestoppers at 582-CLUE.

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