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Using specific clues to track down two pharmacy robbers
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- Some employees at the Larosa call center on the West Side, were so concerned about a car left running in their parking lot that they went out to investigate.
They opened it, even picked up the cellphones inside, and noticed the big red "M" for Miami University on the back of the green Ford Fiesta and another sticker that said Jewish for Obama.
They didn't know it was a getaway car for a robbery that was going on at the Walgreens across the street on Boudinot.
Two young men with black bags jumped into the car and shouted, "We ran out of gas!" before speeding away. The car is a big clue, but so is the video shot inside the pharmacy where the robbers spent 35 minutes as the pharmacist filled their prescription drug order.
When the suspects left, the black bags were filled with powerful painkillers, and Xanax, used to treat anxiety. They stole several thousand pills. The detective on the case said the pharmacist said they knew exactly what they were coming for and had a list.
"Pharmacy robbers usually want one drug, the drug they're into, not three different drugs," Detective Mark Weston said.
It's unusual for robbers to jump over the counter and follow the pharmacist but the robber with a gun did just that. At the same time, his partner in crime was walking around inside the store keeping an eye on the manager who was stocking shelves.
Video shows them running out of the store. Then they ran across the street to the Larosa's parking lot. They probably thought it was a good place to avoid Walgreen's parking lot cameras. But they couldn't avoid those curious call-takers filling pizza orders.
The suspects are white and in their late 20's. If you have any information that could help police call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
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