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Suspect robs Walgreens of drugs

Video footage of the suspect in Tuesday’s robbery.

Video footage of the suspect in Tuesday’s robbery.

PLATTSBURGH — He casually approached the pharmacy counter in the back corner of the store and passed a note to the pharmacist, saying he had a knife and demanding drugs.

As soon as he exited Walgreens Drugstore Tuesday afternoon with at least $30,000 of Oxycodone he ran through the parking lot and toward the tree line behind Burger King, according to Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot.

This is the second time recently that a suspect has claimed to have a weapon and robbed a local establishment, spurring a manhunt. Like before, this suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

The robber is a white man in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 6 feet tall, with a thin build and goatee. He was wearing a light colored hoodie and a black hat.

Anyone with information should contact the Plattsburgh City Police at 563-3411.

There were seven store employees and a handful of customers in the store located at 301 Cornelia St., in the City of Plattsburgh, when the suspect walked up to the counter demanding drugs and claiming he had a knife, though he never revealed a weapon.

The pharmacist complied, and the robber left the store with Oxycodone, a highly addictive synthetic opioid that is prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain.

It wasn’t known whether he escaped by foot or by vehicle.

There were no injuries.

City Police, along with New York State Police, Clinton County Sherriff’s deputies, University Police, U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security immediately conducted a ground search with the assistance of K9 units and helicopters.

Surveillance video from the drug store and as information from witnesses provided a description of the suspect.

The area was the scene of another manhunt a little more than a week ago when Oneill Stephenson allegedly robbed NBT Bank on Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh on July 2, getting away with an undisclosed amount of money. Stephenson, who also goes by the alias Philippe Francois, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. The heavyset black man has ties to Plattsburgh, New York City and Vermont.

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