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Serial ‘Rite Aid’ robber: Police say armed pill perp who uses cell phone in heists has hit five times

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RITE AIDFUGITIVE UPDATE December 12, 2014 —
The same suspect has been linked to two cases featured on WMW and detectives from several law enforcement agencies in Pierce County say he’s hit three other times.

  • July 16th, 2014, at a Rite Aid on Washington Ave. in Kent
  • November 14th, 2014, at a Rite Aid on Meridian E. in South Hill
  • November 26th, 2014, at a Rite Aid on N. Pearl St. in Tacoma *attempted robbery
  • November 26th, 2014, at a Rite Aid on Meridian Ave. E. in Milton *attempted robbery
  • November 28th, 2014, at a Rite Aid on State Route 410 E. in Bonney Lake

In all of the robberies the suspect approached the pharmacy counter and showed the clerk a note typed on a cell phone that demanded prescription pain pills.  During the South Hill and Bonney Lake robberies, the suspect displayed a concealed handgun.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, approximately 5’10” tall and 170 lbs., with dark hair.  He is usually seen wearing sunglasses and a fisherman-style hat.

If you recognize him, call an anonymous tip into:

CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

Click here for information on how to text a tip to Crime Stoppers.

zz deppWANTED IN PIERCE COUNTY November 27, 2014 --
Pierce County detectives need your help identifying an armed pill perp who strikes a close resemblance to Johnny Depp's character in the movie "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

The robber wore sunglasses and a round fisherman-style hat when he terrified the clerk at a Rite Aid in South Hill earlier this month -- showing her a note on his cell phone and demanding narcotics. Then he lifted his shirt and showed her the gun in his waistband. He took the drugs she handed over – and took off.

RITE AID PILL PERP"In this particular case, take modern day technology, this guy using a cell phone to put a note on it that it's a robbery. That's the first of that I've ever heard of,” says Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. “And then secondly, showing his gun which means he's serious. If he's doing that you know, obviously you want to give up the stuff and not get hurt, but people who do these types of robberies are the ones that keep on doing until they get caught because they're feeding a habit."

Detectives think he's white, in his 20's, about 5’10” and 170 pounds.

If you know who he is, call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, call an anonymous tip into:

CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS

You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive a cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.

Click here for information on how to text a tip to Crime Stoppers.