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Wired robber holds up Derry pharmacy

| Monday, April 1, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Derry Borough police work at the scene of a robbery at Rite Aid in Derry Borough on Monday, April 1, 2013.

Police are searching for a man who rigged himself with wire or tubing before he threatened to blow up a Derry Borough drugstore that he robbed on Monday afternoon.

Borough police Chief Randy Glick said the lone robber entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy at Second Avenue and Y Street at 1:51 p.m., walked to the pharmacy and demanded that the employees give him oxycodone, a prescription painkiller.

“He told them they had 20 seconds to fill his burlap bag or he was blowing up the store,” Glick said.

Glick said the suspect had some kind of a wire or a tube with white tape running from the front of his nose, down the front of his chest and into his clothing, which bulged at his midsection.

Employees were not sure if it was a medical device or an explosive, the chief said.

The pharmacist got some pills and put them into the man's sack, Glick said.

The suspect fled the store in a dark-colored minivan, heading south toward Latrobe, police said.

Despite a search by area police departments, officers were unable to find the robber.

No injuries were reported.

The robber is described as a white man in his mid- to late 30s who is about 6 feet tall. He wore a black shirt, a black coat and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or contact Derry Borough Police Department at 724-694-8030.

Police are working on retrieving surveillance tape from the store.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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