Robberies linked, police say

Drugs were taken from CVS and Walgreen's pharmacies.

By Times Staff Writer
Published September 25, 2007

TARPON SPRINGS - Police say an armed man who robbed a Tarpon Springs CVS of drugs late Friday night is believed to be the same robber who struck a Palm Harbor Walgreen's a few days before.

According to police, a man with a gun in his waistband demanded oxycodone from the pharmacist. He received it and left the store. The robbery occurred at the CVS at 1000 E Tarpon Ave. about 11:45 p.m. Friday.

On Monday, Tarpon Springs police Sgt. Barbara Templeton said detectives believe this is the same robber who hit a Walgreen's pharmacy at 35553 U.S. 19 N in Palm Harbor on Sept. 17. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is looking into that case.

The robber is described as a man in his late 20s or early 30s, approximately 6 feet tall and 220 pounds. In the Tarpon Springs robbery, he wore a black shirt, light pants, an urban camo hat with "hustle" embroidered on it. In the Palm Harbor robbery, he wore a bright yellow shirt, baggy jeans and white athletic shoes.

Anyone with information about either robbery can call Tarpon Springs police at (727) 938-2849 or sheriff's Cpl. Paul Martin at (727) 582-6200. Information can be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-873-8477, or by submitting information online at www.crimestopperofpinellas.org, or by sending a text message to 25735 with the keyword TIP144 in the first line of the message.