Suspect robs two LL Walgreen’s pharmacies

........................................................................................................................................................................................

Los Lunas police are still looking for a robbery suspect who they say is involved in two separate robberies of different Walgreen’s pharmacies in the last week.

Los Lunas Police Lt. Vince Torres said a man walked into the Walgreen’s on Camelot Boulevard at about 9:50 p.m., Tuesday, and demanded an undisclosed amount of “high powered prescription pain narcotics” from the pharmacist.

Courtesy of the Los Lunas Police Department: This surveillance photo shows a man who police say was involved in two separate robberies of different Los Lunas Walgreen’s pharmacies in the last week.

Torres said the man displayed a gun and exited the store with 10 to 20 bottles of painkillers. The man is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing camouflage-style pants with a hooded sweater, gloves and dark sunglasses.

Torres said the man is believed to have been involved in a similar robbery a day earlier at the Walgreen’s pharmacy on 2500 Main St. NE. in Los Lunas.

During that incident, the man pointed a firearm at the pharmacist before demanding the painkillers. No one was injured in either incident.

“In Los Lunas, this is the first pharmacy-(related) robbery I’ve seen,” Torres said.

Torres said an employee stood in the man’s way Wednesday for a short time as he was trying to exit the store. He said people shouldn’t endanger themselves by coming in contact with a robbery suspect.

“We would not suggest that anyone place themselves into a spot where their lives are in jeopardy,” Torres said.

He said the man was wearing several layers of clothing in both incidents. In the second incident, the suspect wore a hoodie that covered his face where only his eyes and nose were showing.

Torres said people should know something isn’t right if someone is wearing clothes that don’t match the particular season.

“We are urging all of the local stores to report suspicious activity,” Torres said. “We are more than willing to investigate it.”

If you have any information on either incident, call Los Lunas police at 352-7733, you can text a tip to 274637 or (CRIMES). All texts need to start with “LLPD.” All tips can be anonymous.


-- Email the author at bruffner@news-bulletin.com.