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Police investigating latest pharmacy robbery

Dec. 27 robbery at ANSR was the third such incident at a local pharmacy since August

The Hollister Police Department is investigating a series of armed robberies that have occurred at local pharmacies in recent months. The latest occurred on Dec. 27 at approximately 8:15 a.m., when police say a suspect walked into the ANSR Pharmacy at 581 McCray St., brandished a firearm and demanded pharmaceuticals. He eventually left with an undisclosed amount of pills.

This robbery is the third in a series of similar robberies, police said in a press release. The first such robbery occurred Aug. 29, at the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on 1701 Airline Hwy. The second occurred on Nov. 17, when ANSR was robbed.

In all the cases, the suspect demanded and left with large amounts of pain medication, police said.

"The suspect or suspects in this case have walked into two area pharmacies in broad daylight, brandished a shotgun or rifle, and fled with stolen medication," police said. "In each of the three instances, the suspect shielded his face from view with a motorcycle helmet or bandana, and fled on a motorcycle."

The suspect has yet to be identified or apprehended. The police department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in these robberies. Anyone with information regarding these investigations is asked to contact Detective Bo Leland at the Hollister Police Department at 831-638-4115. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.

BenitoLink Staff