Serial robber taking Hydrocodone from local pharmacies

Monday, March 20, 2017
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Search continues for serial pharmacy robber stealing painkillers.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Investigators are looking for a man who has robbed five pharmacies in just two and a half weeks. They say he's not after money, but wants the addictive painkiller hydrocodone.

Surveillance video from a CVS on Fry Road in Katy shows him walking up to the pharmacy counter on March 6.

The man lifts the corner of his shirt, and investigators say he is showing the clerk his gun. He demanded hydrocodone and took nothing else.

"Not only is he asking for the hydrocodone, he's asking for Norco 10/325. So this is somebody that's very knowledgeable with exactly the kind of prescription pills that he wants," said Chief Brian Harris with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office.

The robberies have occurred from Feb. 24 to March 12.

Officers are reporting that he has hit the following locations:

4115 Mason Road

2010 Fry Road

3080 Fry Road

10800 S Post Oak

6768 S Highway 6

"If he's a dealer, those pills are hitting the street. But if he's an addict and he's addicted to that medicine, it's like a caged animal. If they don't get that medicine, and therefore with him, with a weapon makes him extremely dangerous," said Chief Harris.

It's one reason pharmacist Nada Sarraj is on alert. While her pharmacy hasn't been hit, she knows others that have been. She said she's been trained on how to handle these types of situations.

"I've known pharmacies that, not that I've personally worked at, but my friends have worked at, they've told me, so it's just part of the job. They train you when you're becoming a pharmacist," said pharmacist Nada Sarraj.

As for the suspect in the pharmacy robberies, he's described as a white man, at least 6 feet tall, between 220 and 240 pounds, in his 30's-40's, with a red beard.

If you have any information, you're asked to call investigators with the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office at (281) 492-3610.

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