Gunman Robs Downtown Walgreens

The man threatened a pharmacist with a gun.


Palo Alto Police have released surveillance photos of a man they say robbed a pharmacist at gunpoint Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the robbery and no arrests have been made.

The robbery happened at the Walgreens at 300 University Ave. just after 2:30 p.m. The suspect got away with oxycontin, a highly-addictive, opiate-based pain reliever.

According to Palo Alto Police Officer Ron Harris, “The investigation revealed that the suspect went to the pharmacy department of the store and asked for help finding an over-the-counter medication. (The) victim, a pharmacist in her forties, stepped out of the pharmacy and took him to the proper aisle. Once there, the suspect opened a messenger bag he was wearing slung across his body so that the victim could see his hand on the grip of a gun inside the bag. The suspect never removed the gun from the bag. The suspect demanded oxycontin….The victim returned to the pharmacy and gave him a bottle of oxycontin. The suspect walked out of the store at a regular pace and was last seen walking southbound on the 500 block of Bryant Street.”

Take a good look at the photo of the suspect. There was a Seattle Seahawks logo on his cap. He’s described as about six feet tall to six feet two inches tall, between 160 and 180 pounds, and in his 20s.

If you recognize the suspect, call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.

Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.


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Laura R December 04, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I still think, as I commented in a previous Patch article, that Palo Alto needs a more visible police presence. It has been shocking to me to see the rise in crime in Palo Alto in recent months.
Phil Bordeaux December 04, 2012 at 07:23 PM
As undriveable as the downtown area is it's appalling that there aren't any foot patrols.


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