Walgreens robbers demand Oxycodone from drive-up window - FOX 32 News Chicago

Walgreens robbers demand Oxycodone from drive-up window

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Robbers have targeted a pair of suburban pharmacies, getting away with hundreds of prescription pain killers this week.

The robbers hit a Walgreens in Naperville and another one in St. Charles on the same. Police say someone called the pharmacies, and made demands and threats over the phone in order to get thousands of dollars worth of a powerful and addictive pain pill.

The robbers may have worked in teams, according to Naperville police, with someone hiding in the shadows outside the drive-up window calling in the robbery like an order for a prescription, while an accomplice roamed inside the store, possibly armed.

"The person had a feeling that someone inside was watching them, so they were told if they didn't do as instructed, they would be hurt very badly," says Naperville Police Sergeant Lou Cammiso.

The caller demanded that the pharmacist empty all the Oxycodone into a bag and pass it out the drive up window. In Naperville, they got away with hundreds of pills worth about $4,000.

"That's terrifying, we've been coming here for years, I can't even imagine, that's terrifying," says Naperville resident Allison Fosdick.

The robbery at a 24-hour Walgreens at 87th and Washington happened just after midnight on Monday. At about 9:30 p.m., police believe the same people pulled off a similar robbery at a Walgreens in St. Charles on Main Street near Kirk Road.

"It can happen anywhere, just because we live in a more affluent area doesn't mean it's not gonna happen here," says Joan Pellissier of St. Charles.

St. Charles Police say in this case the pharmacist was told explicitly that there was someone inside with a gun watching and that they should send the drugs out the drive up window.

Neither store had security cameras outside, so they don't have much of a description of the robber.

"The subject was wearing a hat with earflaps down," explains Cammiso. "Couldn't tell any hair color or description of the subject. Subject was also wearing a dark coat, possibly dark green."

Customers could only shake their head at the desperation.

"It's just too depressing to me to worry about all this, you just can't go someplace and feel safe and I'm just really worried about our future," says Wendy Edwards of Naperville.

No one was injured in either of the robberies, and police say the employees did the right thing in complying with the demands and turning over the drugs despite no in-person threat.

Walgreens declined to comment while detectives continue to investigate.

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