SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville police are searching for a suspect who they say robbed a CVS Pharmacy at gunpoint Thursday morning and got away with over $18,000 in prescription pain killers.
Police say the incident occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning at the CYC Pharmacy on 301 North Main Street.
According to a report, the suspect walked into the store holding a handgun and walked a store clerk to the pharmacy. He then demanded that they fill two CVS bags with Oxycontin, Oxycodone, and Percocet.
Police say a pharmacy employee retrieved the requested drugs and put them in the bags. According to an employee, the suspect was given approximately $18,159 in Oxycodone and Oxycontin. The suspect then ran out of the store.
"It's an enormous amount of narcotics out there now," said Capt. Jon Rogers of the Summerville Police Department."Whether he's using them all, selling them all, giving them away, that's a lot of narcotics."
A K-9 was used to track the suspect, but lost the scent in a parking lot behind a nearby Arby's restaurant. Officers say fresh water could be seen on the ground from where a vehicle had been parked.
Officials say the suspect is a white male, between 5'11 and 6'1, weighed approximately 220 lbs, and had a brown mustache. He was wearing a black jacket, black pants, black hood at the time of the robbery.
Police say the culprit apparently is the suspect who covered his face with shoe polish before robbing another CVS twice in North Charleston. Authorities say the suspect looks a lot like the same man who twice robbed a CVS on Ashley Phosphate Road.
In the July 17 holdup, a man came in wearing shoe polish on his face and robbed the pharmacist at knifepoint. Investigators say the guy came back on Aug. 7, again wearing shoe polish and robbed the pharmacist at gunpoint.
And now it appears he's targeted the Summerville CVS.
Cops say in each case the victims did the right thing by giving into the robber's demands.
"They did exactly what they were supposed to do," Rogers said."Anybody goes in there armed or purports to be armed, give them what they want, get 'em out of your store, so they did a great job with that."
Rogers says officers will start to make regular checks of all 24 hour pharmacies in town to make sure everything's okay.
There were no customers in the store during the robbery, and no employees were injured. If you have any information on this incident, call CRIME STOPPERS at 834-554-1111.