Hopewell Rite Aid pharmacist thwarts robbery attempt

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A Hopewell Rite Aid pharmacist thwarts a robbery attempt that occurred late Monday night.

Authorities said on November 28 at approximately 11:54 p.m., officers responded to the Rite Aid located at 2305 Oaklawn Boulevard for an attempted armed robbery.

The investigation by police revealed that the lone offender entered the business, approached the pharmacist, and asked for prescription Oxycodone.

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Police said the pharmacist asked the suspect for his prescription, at which time the offender lifted his jacket and shirt — revealing a handgun in his waistband and again requested Oxycodone. The pharmacist immediately picked up the phone and called police — all the while disregarding commands from the offender that she stop, police say.

The offender then fled the business on foot, empty handed.

The offender is described by police as a black male, approximately 19-25 years old, 5’8 to 5”9, and a medium build. He was last seen wearing tan in color khaki pants, a black hooded sweatshirt with writing on the front over a white t-shirt, dark-colored shoes, and sunglasses. He also had a silver handgun in his possession.

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The Hopewell Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit continues to investigate this matter.

The department is requesting that any person(s) who may know the identity of the offender or may have been traveling in and around the area at the time of this incident contact lead Detective Keith Krueger of the Hopewell Police Department at (804) 541-2284.

Additionally, any person(s) who have information on this or any other crime occurring in the City of Hopewell may contact the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers at 541-2202. You can also text-a-tip anonymously. Simply add “274637 (CRIMES)” to your Contacts list on your cellular phone and then text “igotcha” along with your message/tip. You will then be provided an ID number that you will use when checking the status of your tip OR picking up your reward.

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