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Attempted robbery at a Floyd County pharmacy

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

WHEELWRIGHT, Ky. (WYMT) - Police are searching for a man who tried to rob a Floyd County pharmacy.

Officials say a man entered the Wheelwright Family Drug Thursday afternoon demanding money, but employees say he left without taking anything.

Inside the Wheelwright Family Drug signs are posted asking for any information about a man who tried to rob the store around 4:30 Thursday afternoon. They say he was a white male, wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and a black and white bandana.

Employee Carolyn Blanton said, "We had no customers in the store at the time so that was good. He came in and said he needed the money."

Employees say the man was only in the store for about three or four minutes, and they say at first they thought it was a customer trying to play a joke on them.

"At first you think it's just a customer being friendly and joking so no not at first you don't process that he's serious until he says i'm not joking,"
said Blanton. She said he kept his hands in his pockets and never showed a weapon, "I just kind of stepped backwards as long as he kept his hands in his pockets I thought things was safe."

Within minutes he left the store empty-handed. Blanton is thankful he left so quickly, "I think he got scared. He turned around and walked towards the door and then our pharmacist ran and locked the door."

He left on foot and has not been seen since.

Trooper Shaun Little says the suspect seemed to second guess his actions, "I think the time that had passed while he was inside the business I guess he decided that it wasn't worth the wait."

The incident is being investigated by State Police, the Floyd County Sheriff's Department, and the Wheelwright Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to call Kentucky State Police.

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