Over-the-counter “Oxy” thief on the run


WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are searching for a man accused of robbing over 1,000 OxyContin pills from a CVS Pharmacy in Wallingford on Monday.

According to officials, police responded to the CVS at 891 North Colony Road to reports of a medication shoplifter. Officers quickly determined that the medication was taken by force, and that the robbery suspect was on the run.

Investigators say that around 7:45 p.m., a Hispanic man walked into the store wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses. The man then walked to the pharmacy area of the store, handed a pharmacist a note demanding all of the “Oxys” (OxyContin) or else he would shoot up the store, police said.

The pharmacists gave in and handed the suspect over 1,000 OxyContin pills of various milligram strengths, according to police.

Police say the suspect then ran out of the CVS towards a Dunkin Donuts nearby. Investigators believe he jumped in a get away vehicle, possibly driven by someone else.

No one inside the store was hurt. Police also say no weapons were involved, even though the suspect implied he had a gun.

OxyContin is a schedule II controlled narcotic analgesic drug that is highly known for abuse. Authorities say the demand for OxyContin is high in the illegal drug trade and is a costly drug when sold on the street.

Wallingford police continue to search for the suspect. If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call (203) 294-2845.

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