Man dressed in 'blackface' robs pharmacy of painkillers

The suspect (Source: NCPD)
The suspect (Source: NCPD)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Police are looking for a man who reportedly covered his face and hands in black shoe polish before robbing a North Charleston pharmacy for painkillers early Tuesday morning.

Spencer Pryor, spokesman for the North Charleston Police Department, said the armed robbery happened just before 3:30 a.m. at the CVS Pharmacy located at 5215 Ashley Phosphate Road.

Witnesses in the store said the suspect was armed with a pocket knife and demanded Oxycodone.

The suspect is described as a white male aged 25-35, standing 6'1" tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds.

Aside from the shoe polish, surveillance shows the man wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt, tan or brown pants, and a tan or brown hat.

Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of an African-American.

If you have any information regarding this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 554-111.

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