Suspect sought in armed robbery of drugs from pharmacy

January 29, 2013 

Surveillance photos from Broad River Road Rite Aid pharmacy, Monday 1-28-2013. 6 p.m.


— Columbia police released surveillance photos of an armed robbery of the Rite Aid pharmacy at 1501 Broad River Road Monday night.

The robber who obscured his identify by wearing a surgical mask walked up to the pharmacy counter around 6 p.m. and demanded several controlled substances. He lifted his sweatshirt to show what appeared to be a handgun stuck in his waist band, witnesses said. The pharmcist complied and noone was hurt, police said in a news release.

The robber is described as a white male last seen wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with “Appalachian State” in yellow or gold embroidary on the front. He also was wearing blue jeans, clear plastic gloves, and a light-colored baseball cap.

If you have any information about this suspect, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott asks that you call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. You can also text to 274637. Mark the beginning of the message with TISPSC

--Rachael Myers Lowe

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