The arrest of two men following a robbery at a Middletown pharmacy Wednesday apparently hasn’t deterred other attempts at the same store. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

Police: Several groups targeting pharmacies in robberies

An armed security guard at the CVS on South Breiel Boulevard confronted a man who employees suspected was going to rob the pharmacy last night, Lt. Scott Reeve told this news outlet.

The man ran away, he said.

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Employees also called police on Wednesday night stating a man was in the store and casing the pharmacy, according to a police report.

“There are apparently several groups doing this as a way to make money,” Reeve said. He added the robbers are going into stores and watching employees and activity before making attempts.

All are passing similar notes requesting specific medication, not cash, he said.

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While most do not display a gun, there are threats made to the employees.

“It is scary. They don’t know if they have a gun or not,” Reeve said. “We have seen pictures on social media of guys standing with their gun in front of a CVS.”

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