The Reading Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is urging local pharmacy employees to be vigilant after two recent robberies.
“We are investigating two pharmacy robberies that have occurred in the past week where a male entered two pharmacies and demanded drugs and cash by passing a note at the pharmacy counter” said Criminal Investigator Joseph Snell.
“The male told the individual that he had a firearm. Both times the male was wearing dark clothing and a mask.”
The two pharmacies that were robbed are Rite Aid, 6th and Greenwich Streets and Penn Street Pharmacy, 9th and Penn Streets. Police did not elaborate on when the incidents occurred or what what taken.
Snell continued, “On behalf of the Reading Police Department and the Investigations Division if you would have a suspicious person hanging around your pharmacy please contact the police immediately.”
“If you have video surveillance cameras at your business, please make sure they are operating and recording activities inside your business.”
“If an individual would come in and pass a note for drugs and cash do not handle the note. Comply with the robber and get the best description you can and call 911. Due to the suspect being armed, do not get into a confrontation with them.”
Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to contact Criminal Investigator Joseph Snell at 610-655-6246, the Desk Sergeant at 610-655-6116 or anonymously with Crime Alert Berks County at 1-877-373-9913.