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By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN
Landmark News Service
It only took about two minutes for a lone gunman to rob Cook’s Pharmacy on Main Street in New Castle of prescription pills, according to Detective Danny Stivers of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
Stivers said at about 1:48 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, the robber lured an employee from behind the pharmacy counter, claiming that he thought he had pink eye. As the employee began pointing out products the man might want to try, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and handed a plastic bag to the employee, ordering that he fill it with prescription pain killers.
Once the bag was filled with an unknown quantity of pills, the employee handed the bag back to the suspect, and the man fled the store.
Witnesses said the man drove away in a dark-colored four-door sedan, Stivers said.
Stivers said there were two employees working in the pharmacy at the time, and neither was harmed during the robbery.
The get-away car may have been a black 1996 Buick Regal sedan, Stivers said, adding that the Sheriff’s Office had no information on the license plate.
“We’re just following any leads we can come up with right now,” he said Monday.
Stivers said this is the first such robbery of a pharmacy in the county that he is aware of.
He said Simpsonville law enforcement officials are working on a similar incident that occurred recently.
But, because prescription-drug abuse is on the rise nationwide and locally, “I’m afraid the [situation] is going to be more frequent than we want it to be,” Stivers said.
The department has released a photo of the suspect – a white male, 20 to 30 years old, wearing a white baseball cap, a black sweatshirt with white lettering, jeans, tan work boots and a camouflage jacket.
Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspect or any other aspect of the crime is asked to call Stivers at (502) 845-2909.