Silent Witness offers reward in multiple Valley pharmacy robberies

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by Erin Kennedy

azfamily.com

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:13 PM

PHOENIX -- Police are looking for two suspects involved in a series of seven robberies of “mom and pop” pharmacies across the Valley.

The suspects have been dubbed the "Step Down Bandits."

In the armed robberies, the suspects have entered the pharmacies and demanded oxycodone while holding a handgun, police said. The suspects have also gone behind the counter to threaten the pharmacist in some of the robberies.

The robberies have taken place between July 22 and Oct. 21 in pharmacy locations in Phoenix, Surprise and Scottsdale.

Silent Witness is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information regarding the case. Pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma L.P., has donated the cash reward in an effort to gather and look at information dealing with pharmacy theft.

One suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, police said. He is 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 180 pounds. The other suspect is described as a black male, also 25 to 30 years old. He is 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 140 to 180 pounds.

If you have any information about the pharmacy robberies, please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, that’s 480-948-6377, or call toll free at 1-800-343-TIPS. You may also leave an anonymous tip on silentwitness.org.
 

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