Man claimed he had bomb in robbery

Man claimed he had bomb in robbery

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Authorities are searching for a masked man who claimed he had a bomb and robbed a pharmacy.

It happened at the CVS Pharmacy on U.S. Hwy 19 and Forrester Parkway in Lee County around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials said the man got away with thousands of dollars worth of prescription pills.

They also said the suspect is likely the same man who robbed a CVS Pharmacy in Americus in March, and did it exactly the same way.

The masked man was seen in surveillance video wearing a long hoodie and rushing into the store, apparently familiar with the layout.

He almost runs to the pharmacy in the back of the store.

Investigators said he showed the pharmacist a device under his jacket, strapped to his chest.

"[It] had some wires, possibly looking wires on it with red, looking like dynamite," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals.

The man had something in his hand, and told employees it was a detonator.

"He said he had a bomb and he was there to get these certain drugs," said Rachals. He had a bag already prepared for them to put them in."

The pharmacist opened the safe, and filled the man's bag with hydrocodone and hydromorphone.

The robber was out the door in less than two minutes, but an employee took a picture of his getaway car.

It was a silver or gray Kia Sorento, with an out-of-state tag.

On March 5th, the CVS Pharmacy in Americus was robbed in almost exactly the same way, and Investigators are trying to determine if it's the same robber.

Meanwhile, the store is doing an inventory to determine the amount of drugs stolen.

The robber drove east on Forrester Parkway when he left the store.

Anyone with information about today's robber or the one in Americus, call CrimeSTOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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