Pharmacy robber strikes again

EVERETT — Police believe the same man is responsible for four pharmacy robberies in and around Everett during the past five weeks.

The latest holdup occurred shortly before noon on Monday at the Rite Aid at 10103 Evergreen Way — the same store that was hit Nov. 3 and Nov. 14, police said.

“We believe the same person hit the same pharmacy,” Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said. “There was no change in his M.O.”

In each robbery, the man either has shown a gun or implied he had one and demanded OxyContin.

The prescription painkiller often is a target in pharmacy robberies, Goetz said.

“Whether or not they are using it themselves or they are getting a high price on the street, it seems that is the narcotic of choice,” he said.

The details of the three holdups are similar to a Nov. 10 pharmacy robbery at the Albertsons store on 128th Street SW, Goetz said. That robbery is being investigated by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect is described as possibly Hispanic and in his 20s. He is about 5-foot-7 and weighs 150 to 170 pounds. He has a thin mustache.

Police believe the suspect may be associated with a small, white four-door car, perhaps a white Honda that is at least 10 years old and has tinted windows, Goetz said.

Police consider him armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information about his identity, they are asked to call 911 or the Everett police tip line at 425-257-8450.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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