NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police in Suffolk County are looking into pharmacy robberies in Sayville and Selden. The robberies come just two months after June’s Medford pharmacy massacre which left four people dead. David Laffer and wife Melinda Brady are being held in connection with the killings at Haven Pharmacy.
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One of the two new incidents took place Monday in Sayville. Police say a man walked into the CVS Pharmacy at 270 Main Street just before noon and produced a weapon. Police say the man jumped over the pharmacy counter and shot an employee in the foot with an imitation air gun. He then allegedly forced the employee to open a safe containing Oxycontin. Police say he fled with about 150 pills.
Police say the suspect is white, between 5’6″-5’11”, and 20-30 years old. He was wearing a hoodie and had a black scarf over his face.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are kept confidential. You can also call the Fifth Squad at 631-854-8552.
Police are also asking for the public’s help identifying the man suspected of stealing a large amount of various medications from a Rite Aid store in Selden. The incident took place on June 30.
In this case, police say a black male walked out of the Rite Aid at 17 College Plaza with a bag full of stolen merchandise. A store employee chased after the man, but the suspect got into a silver Honda Accord and drove off.
The theft was caught on surveillance tape.
Again, police would like anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police are offering $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
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