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Second Oxycodone Robbery from Local Pharmacy

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – For the second time in almost two weeks, narcotics were robbed from an area pharmacy.

Around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, a man walked up to the window at Walgreen’s on Main Street in Florence, according to Northampton Police Chief Russell Sienkiewicz.

“This is clearly a targeted crime, scoped out planned out the last possible fifteen minutes of a small pharmacy being open,” said Sienkiewicz.

The caucasian man, who was dressed all in black and wearing black gloves, handed a note to a store employee stating he had a gun.

He took off in an unknown direction after stealing a few bottles of oxycodone.

“You know it’s a desperate person.  He didn’t show a gun or hurt anybody he was definitely after specific narcotics,” said Sienkiewicz.

A similar robbery occurred almost two weeks ago at a Walgreen’s on Sumner Avenue in Springfield. However, Sienkiewicz would not comment if there were any connections between the two cases.

He adds the drug is similar to heroin.

“You can crush it and snort it.  Some people dissolve it and shoot it.  It has a high market value on the street because it is a pharmaceutical so for all these reasons it’s an attractive target,” said Sienkiewicz.

Anyone with information on Wednesday’s robbery in Florence is urged to call Northampton Police at (413) 587-1100.


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