2 Men sought in armed robberies of 11 Valley pharmacies

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- Police are searching for two men in the armed robberies of 11 Valley pharmacies over the past nine months.

The crimes occurred between July 22 and April 5 at independent pharmacies in Phoenix, Gilbert, Tempe, Scottsdale and Surprise.

Police said the men entered the pharmacies and demanded Oxycodone while pointing a handgun at employees. In most cases, they went behind the counter and threatened the pharmacist.

They obtained the medication from all pharmacies except Quick Pharmacy near Northern and 43rd avenues in Phoenix. Police said they went behind the counter but fled the business after seeing that an employee was armed with a handgun.

No related robberies have been reported since the attempt at Quick Pharmacy earlier this month.

The suspects are described as a Hispanic man and black man, both between 25 and 30 years old. They are believed to be 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weigh at least 140 pounds.

They were reportedly driving a white, four-door Lexus.

Silent Witness and the Phoenix Police Department are offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the suspects. The cash reward was donated by RxPATROL, which works with law enforcement in pharmacy theft cases.

"It's important for people to know that all information we get is kept completely confidential," Silent Witness Coordinator Sgt. Darren Burch said in a statement. "Callers never have to give their names or appear in court. The Silent Witness tip line does not use any tape recording or caller ID devices."

Anyone with information is asked to call 480-WITNESS or visit www.silentwitness.org.

Below is a list of the armed robberies reported:

-July 22 at 3:40 p.m., Rosy's Pharmacy, 1111 E. Northern Ave., Phoenix
-Aug. 3 at 1:35 p.m., Camelback Pharmacy, 4416 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix    
-Oct. 8 at 9:17 a.m., MG Pharmacy, 4025 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix                      
-Oct. 10 at 10:42 a.m., Arizona Pharmacy, 13991 W. Grand Ave., Surprise  
-Oct. 16 at 11:50 a.m.,  S&G Pharmacy, 3201 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix
-Oct. 21 at 10:53 a.m., Mack’s Pharmacy, 3628 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
-Oct. 21 at 1:47 p.m., Civic Center Pharmacy, 7331 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale
-Jan. 29 at 2:41 p.m., Neighborhood Pharmacy, 2571 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert
-March 7 at 4:42 p.m., Apothecary Shop, 2450 E. Guadalupe Rd., Gilbert
-March 11 at 12:50 p.m., Cigna, 1920 E. Baseline Rd., Phoenix
-April 5 at 11:23 a.m., Quick Pharmacy, 7725 N. 43rd Ave., Phoenix