Police Offering $2,000 Reward For ‘He or She’ Pharmacy-Robbing Bandit
Last week we posted photos of a female robber that Des Moines Police were seeking that appeared to be male, but apparently isn’t.
On Tuesday (Dec. 21) the King County Sheriff’s Department announced that they are seeking the public’s help in finding what they are calling the “He or She” robber, who has struck area pharmacies three times in the past few months.
Police believe the armed robber is dressing to conceal her gender, which was originally thought to be male. But now detectives believe the suspect is actually a female – check out these surveillance pics:
“The He/She robber heads to the pharmacy counter and asks for oxycodone,” said Sgt. John Urquhart in a statement. “In at least one of the robberies a pistol was waived around while the pharmacist complied.”
The robber is described as short and stout. She wears bulky clothing under a heavy coat, a hat and hoodie, sometimes a wig, and manages to conceal most of her face with hair from the wig or with a scarf.
The first robbery was the Burien Walgreen’s store located at 14565 Ambaum Blvd. SW on Sept. 30th at about 9:30pm. The robber wore a gray hoodie, blond wig, and a straw hat. She brandished a handgun during the robbery.
The same Walgreen’s was hit again on Nov. 22nd about 12:15am. This time the suspect wore a light-colored trench coat, hood and a beanie hat, with a scarf that covered most of her face. A gun was implied.
On Dec. 16th about 2:45am, store employees believe the same suspect was at Walgreen’s again, inside the store. For some reason the robber didn’t act and left the store before Sheriff’s deputies arrived. Not long afterwards the Walgreen’s in Renton was robbed. Both Renton and Sheriff’s detectives believe the same person is responsible for this robbery as well.
The suspect is described as a black female, quite heavy set between 5’ 5” and 5’ 8”, at least 200 to 225 lbs. She has dark skin and wears a coat and other bulky clothes and tries to conceal her face.
If anyone recognizes the suspect they are asked to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hours) or 9-1-1.
CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Call 1-800-222-TIPS.
Another reward, up to $1,000, is available from Rx Patrol at (203) 588-7614 or their web site at www.rxpatrol.org.