SUPERIOR, Colo. (CBS4)- Police are searching for a robbery suspect who targeted a pharmacy, not for cash, but painkillers. Detectives are trying to figure out whether the drug heist is connected to others in the Denver metro area.
The latest incident happened Monday, Aug. 8 at the Walgreens located at 1600 Coalton Road in Superior. There have been at least eight such robberies in the Denver metro area so far this year.
Police are still looking for a man who robbed a pharmacy in Arvada in February.
“It’s a big problem and it’s a problem that seems to keep growing, so it’s a big concern,” said Ben’s Bonnie Brae Drugstore owner Ben Lager.
Lager worries about potent pills ending up in the wrong hands. One pill of Oxycodone could sell on the black market for about $400.
“That provides a very big monetary incentive for crime,” said Lager.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, armed robberies at pharmacies are up more than 80 percent over the last five years.
The suspect in the Superior robbery is described as a white man in his mid 50s, 5’7″-5’8″ tall, with grey or brownish grey hair.