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Man pulls gun, sticks up Monessen pharmacy

| Monday, April 15, 2013, 2:01 a.m.

Police are investigating a robbery Saturday afternoon at Union Prescription Center in Monessen, where a man reportedly ran off with prescription painkillers.

Monessen Detective Lt. John Manderino said police received a call 12:38 p.m. Saturday from pharmacist and owner Angela Borrello at the Donner Avenue business.

Borrello said she saw a man standing outside the front doors before he entered wearing a dark ski mask and grey hoodie, Manderino said.

The man allegedly demanded OxyContin and pulled a semi-automatic pistol from his waistband.

“She walked behind the counter and the male followed,” Manderino said. “She handed him several types of medication, and he placed them in a plastic bag.”

The man did not ask for or take any money, he said. The street value of OxyContin averages $1 per milligram.

“The pills are worth a lot more on the street than what he could've gotten out of the cash register,” said Manderino, noting the explosion of illegal prescription pill sales that includes Vicodin, Percocet and Xanax.

There was no description of the suspect, although he is believed to be white with dark hair.

The pharmacy was closed Sunday, and Borrello could not be reached for comment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Monessen police at 724-684-4620.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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