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Police looking for man who jumped Walgreens counter to steal pills

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

On January 2nd, around 1:30 in the morning, employees at the Walgreens on Pink Pigeon Parkway got an unwelcome surprise when a female customer distracts the pharmacist with questions.

"They left that immediate area so when the guy came in the store, he went back and jumped the counter and quickly got the narcotics he wanted and put it in one of their bags and then left the store,"says Lt. Michelle Young with Lexington Police.

He's caught on camera first walking in the store, and then jumping the counter before reaching for the large amount of narcotics. He and the female then leave the store before employees notice what happened. It's a type of theft authorities have seen happen more and more.

"We have seen an increase over the years of people taking drugs from places, whether it's pharmacies or doctor shopping. it has increased over the last several years," says Lt. Young.

In this case, authorities believe the pair could strike again at a different pharmacy store.

"They could use the same motive of distracting the pharmacist and getting them away, especially during hours that they aren't busy. People need to be aware that could be occurring," says Lt. Young.

That's why they're hoping you know who the man is committing the crime and will give authorities a call.

Police did not want us to say how many pills were taken in that theft, but will say it was a large amount of narcotics.

If you have any information, you are asked to give Crime Stoppers a call. They are offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. You can call Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.


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