#Washington pharmacy #robbed

A pharmacy on Jefferson Avenue in Washington is the latest business to have been robbed in the area in the past five weeks.

Washington police said the robber entered Rite Aid, 1001 Jefferson Ave., about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and walked to the register, approaching two clerks. He had one hand concealed in his clothing.

The robber allegedly told the clerks, “Open the register and give me the … money.” A clerk gave him the cash, and he ran from the store. The robber was last seen running down Chartiers Street.

Police said no gun was seen, nor did the robber mention one to the clerks.

The robber is white, about 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall with an average build. He wore a white, hooded sweatshirt and has a tattoo on his hand.

Police plan to check store surveillance cameras.

Tuesday’s robbery is the second in the last week. On Saturday night, the Exxon at 1297 W. Chestnut St., Canton Township, was robbed by a man who also did not show a gun but kept his right hand inside his pocket. That robber refused to take any $1 bills, telling the clerk to start with $20 bills.

He fled, running west on West Chestnut Street. Tracks in the snow were followed through a wooded area, west along railroad tracks to the 2300 block of The Circle, also in Canton. That robber was white, about 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 8 inches tall with an average build.

Other recent robberies include the Jan. 17 holdup of the 7-Eleven station, 1360 W. Chestnut St., North Franklin Township; the Jan. 19 robbery of the BP at the corner of Murtland and North avenues, South Strabane Township; and the Jan. 22 robbery of Dollar General, 935 Henderson Ave., Canton.

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