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City police detectives are still trying to determine the identities of two masked men, one of them brandishing a handgun, who rushed into the Atmore Walgreens last week and made off with an unspecified quantity of prescription medications and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police Chief Chuck Brooks revealed late last week that city police were sent to the South Main Street pharmacy at approximately 9:55 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, after employees of Walgreens corporate security division reported that something was amiss at the local pharmacy.
Corporate security employees in Deerfield, Ill., who were monitoring the Atmore store through a video feed, saw that two employees were lying on the floor and immediately notified police dispatchers.
“We got the call from Walgreens’ security office,” Brooks said. “We had officers there within four or five minutes.”
Responding officers spoke with two employees who reported that “several armed subjects,” each wearing masks and dark clothing, entered the store just a few minutes before closing time and forced them into an office.
A clip from the store’s video surveillance cameras showed two intruders, each dressed as described, entering the store. The first wielded a pry bar; the second grasped a silver-plated pistol in his right hand.
Brooks said the armed intruders were in and out in about four minutes. They spent most of their time in the pharmacy, where they reportedly swept several bottles of prescription medications into a bag before they left. Reports indicate that the duo also took a small amount of cash from store registers.
Brooks noted that none of the store employees were injured, although they were “visibly shaken and upset” by the brief confrontation with the armed bandits.
APD investigators are reportedly following up on several leads, but no suspects or persons of interest had been identified by Tuesday’s press deadline.
The police chief encouraged anyone who might have information about the robbery or who might know the identities of either suspect to call 251-368-9141 and give that information to investigators.