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CSPD looking for man linked to 5 pharmacy robberies

Police seek information on man...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police believe one man may be connected to five robberies in Colorado Springs over the past two months.

"It's a good camera system, it got good shots," said Bob Shelton, the owner and pharmacist at Village Pharmacy.

Shelton's surveillance camera captured pictures of a man dressed in all black clothing, wearing dark sunglasses and armed with a handgun.

"He pulled a gun out of his bag and pointed at us and said, 'I want your narcotics, oxycodone, oxycontin,'" Shelton said.

The Village Pharmacy was robbed in December. Shelton says it was the 12th time he's been robbed at gun point in his store since 1978. This time, the man threatened to hurt him even though he was cooperating.

"He said, 'Are you putting the right stuff in there? Because if you don't, I'm going to eff you up,'" Shelton said.

After his pharmacy was robbed in December, he stepped up security. Now you must ring the doorbell and have a prescription in order to get inside.

"Now no one gets in the pharmacy unless we know them. Nobody gets in," Shelton said.

Customers are getting used to the change.

"I think it's a terrible shame, but it has to be done in view of the crime situation," said Joe Godec, a customer.

This is a crime trend that shows no sign of slowing down. The Medicine Shoppe on North Union Boulevard was robbed last Friday and in November. The company's North Wahsatch Avenue location was also hit last month. Its third shop on Colorado Avenue was also robbed in December.

Police believe the same man is responsible for all of them.

"We're extremely concerned about his behavior as he's approaching employees at these different locations, he's actually stepping up some of his aggression," said Lt. Howard Black, Colorado Springs Police.

In every case the man is going after narcotics.

"It has a street value of such a huge amount, one bottle of oxycontin that costs me $600 they can sell on the street for $6,000," Shelton said.

Shelton said he's now carrying a limited supply and hoping the suspect is caught.

"I urge people to look at the pictures cause somebody has to know this guy," he said.

Police said the man changes his appearance in every robbery.

Anyone with information on the man's identity or who witnessed the robberies is asked to call Colorado Springs Police at 719-444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.


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