Police in Harford Say All-Night Pharmacies are Easy Targets for Robbers

… CVS near Bel Air robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday …

By Kirsten Dize of The Aegis

Posted 4/08/11
Police in Harford County are still looking for a man who robbed a 24-hour CVS pharmacy near Bel Air at gunpoint early Wednesday morning.

Those all-night pharmacies, police said, are easy targets for robbers.

“That goes kind of without saying, they are going to be the bigger problem because when criminals are operating is when everyone else is sleeping,” Lt. Charles Moore, of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack, said Thursday.

At approximately 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, state troopers were dispatched to the CVS Pharmacy in the 1200 block of Churchville Road, a major commercial area along Route 22 just east of Bel Air town limits.

When they arrived, according to a news release from state police, the troopers learned a white man, 18 to 25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 160 pounds, had entered the store covering his face with his hands.

The robber proceeded directly to the pharmacy section, where he jumped over the counter and pointed a handgun at the pharmacist, according to the release.

The pharmacist complied with the suspect’s demands and turned over an unknown quantity of prescription medication, according to the release.

The robber then fled from the store in an unknown direction.

Police would not say what type of medication was stolen.

A state police search dog was used to search the area. Despite a thorough search by troopers and deputies from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, the robber was not found, according to the release.

No one was injured and the store reopened at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Pharmacies that are open 24 hours, like the Bel Air CVS, are often a target of robbers.

Police estimate Harford County about a half dozen 24-hour pharmacies.

Moore said the small number can make it easier to monitor them.

“When they’re all open it’s more difficult for law enforcement to do patrol checks on them, but when there’s only a few of them, we try to keep that in mind and keep an eye on them,” Moore said.

The late night and early morning robberies can also have faster police response times, however, based on the minimal amounts of traffic during those hours, Moore said.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Sgt. Jim DeCourcey of the Bel Air Barrack, 410-879-2101.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact metro crime stoppers, 1-866-7LOCKUP or text “MCS” then message to “CRIMES” (274637).

Those contacting Metro Crime Stoppers with information leading to an arrest and indictment could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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