Police release photo of Walgreens robbery suspect

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By Greg Summers

The Lancaster Police Department released a surveillance photograph Friday, Sept. 6,  of the man they say robbed the Walgreens pharmacy last week.

A white man described as 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall and weighing 120 to 150 pounds, robbed the store at 1101 S.C. 9 Bypass West, just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, police said. He was wearing a burgundy University of South Carolina hooded sweatshirt and black shorts.

According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the man walked into the store, approached the pharmacy consultation counter and demanded specific drugs by name – “Hydrocodone, Xanax, Diazepam and Klonopin.” While the suspect didn’t produce a weapon at the time, the report said he told the clerk, “I want it all now,” and pulled up the front of his sweatshirt to show something in the waistband of his pants. The clerk gave the suspect a bag containing several undisclosed items after he told employees, “Time is up.”

While the pharmacy clerk never saw a gun, the report said the suspect pointed a pistol in an employee’s face after the employee confronted him near the front door as he was leaving. The suspect drove out of the parking lot south on Gillsbrook Road in a gray or tan Toyota, before turning right onto Plantation Road.

Police ask anyone with information about the immediate whereabouts of the man to call the police department at (803) 283-1171 or (803) 283-3313 or the detective division at (803) 283-1174. 

Tips also may submitted anonymously at (803) 289-6040.

“Any help we can get in identifying this suspect will be greatly appreciated,” said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant. 


Contact copy editor Greg Summers at (803) 283-1156