For the second time since December, Historic City News reporters have learned that a local Walgreen’s pharmacist has been robbed, at gunpoint, inside their store — not of cash, but of the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
Police officers responded to Walgreen’s 2801 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard location at 8:53 p.m. last night after a robber jumped over the pharmacy counter and demanded the schedule II narcotic.
According to the report, the unidentified man pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and pointed it at the pharmacist when he made his demands. The pharmacist took the man to the cabinet which held the OxyContin.
The pharmacist reported to police that the suspect took numerous bottles of various types of controlled substances and quickly exited the store.
The robbery suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds with short brown hair. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray T-shirt, khaki shorts, black sneakers, and a glove on his left hand — which is the hand he used to grab the bottles. He left the scene in a older model silver Audi.
Police believe this is the same person who committed an armed robbery on this same store last year.
Community Affairs Officer Barbara Clifford of the St. Augustine Police Department reports that evidence was taken from the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
Police are asking anyone who has any information regarding the robbery to call the Crime Stoppers tipline: 904-209-3482.