Armed Robber Seeks Drugs, Not Money

Armed robberies are common at this time of the year, but most of them usually involve the theft of money.

A robbery Thursday morning at a Williamstown business involved something far different. It happened shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday morning at the Williamstown Pharmacy, and police say the robbery involved prescription drugs.

Police Chief B.D. Adkins says a white male armed with a handgun walked into the store and gave a note to the pharmacist demanding certain drugs. Adkins adds the suspect left with over a thousand dollars in prescription medication, but he wouldn't name the types of drugs taken.

The store's employees eventually fled the building, and that's when they were seen by the staff of the Williamstown National Bank across Highland Avenue.

"The rest of the employees escaped out the back door and ran behind the building, and across the street to the Williamstown Bank, Chief Adkins said. "The bank locked their doors and called 911."

Chief Adkins describes the suspect as 6’2” to 6’4” tall, weighing 240 pounds and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants at the time of the robbery.

He was also heavy set and had a few days growth of beard. The police chief adds someone fitting that same description could have been in the area of the store a couple of hours before Thursday morning's robbery.