Drug Store Robber Suspected in other holdups for Pills
Macomb Daily staff photo by Craig Gaffield A robber targeted this drugstore Friday morning, fleeing with OxyContin and Vicodin pills.
By Jameson Cook, Macomb Daily Staff Writer
A man who robbed a Sterling Heights drugstore of prescription pills at gunpoint Friday morning may have been the same bandit who committed similar acts in Clawson and Eastpointe, police said.
A white male wielding a steel blue revolver robbed the CVS store at 15 Mile and Schoenherr roads at 9:10 a.m., fleeing on foot with an unknown number of prescription pills, according to Sterling Heights Lt. Robert Henigan.
His description and method somewhat matched recent incidents at a CVS store on Rochester Road in Clawson and in Eastpointe, Henigan said. Detectives from the communities will soon review surveillance videos of at least two of the incidents to determine if the culprit is a serial robber, Henigan said.
The bandit in Friday's robbery demanded the painkillers OxyContin and Vicodin from the pharmacist, but police weren't sure if those type of pills were handed over to him, the lieutenant said.
In the June 3 Clawson robbery, the culprit, while flashing a .38-caliber revolver, gave a pharmacist a note demanding "all" of the pharmacy's Vicodin.
A similar incident occurred in Eastpointe within two weeks prior to the Clawson robbery, Clawson police said.
He fled on foot in Clawson and got into a green car. The robber in Sterling Heights was not seen by witnesses after exiting the store, but Henigan said police believe he went west and got into a getaway vehicle.
The robber in Thursday's incident was described as in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds, with blonde or light brown hair, according to police. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, light-colored baggy pants, white sneakers and a gray and black fleece hat with a bill.
Anyone with information can call detectives in Sterling Heights at (586) 446-2826 or Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello in Clawson at (248) 655-4454.
I'm sorry but I really dont care if I offend anyone when I say this but:
If you take pills for recreational purposes, than you're fucking pathetic.
I think that people doing this for a high, as opposed to people who really need it, are fucking stupid. I'm sorry if it makes me a bitch, but I dont feel so bad for people who overdose on things like this. You know you shouldnt be taking it in the first place, let alone, 5, 10, 15, 20, 50 pills a day...people like this disgust me.