Suspect robs 3 local pharmacies

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police are on the hunt for a man responsible for robbing three drug stores in the last four weeks in Colorado Springs. In at least two of those robberies, he threatened workers with a gun.

11 News talked to Bob Shelton, owner of Village Pharmacy, who was robbed earlier this month. He told us this is a nationwide problem. Criminals all over the country are robbing pharmacies and reselling drugs like OxyContin and Oxycodone on the streets.

"[The suspect] put the bag on the counter and started looking, says 'I got a find my [prescription],' and he pulled out a gun," Shelton recalled.

ROBBERThe man, shown in several surveillance pictures, walked into Village Pharmacy and robbed Shelton and his employee while dressed as a construction worker, hard hat and all.

He hit that store on Dec. 5. Two weeks prior, he robbed The Medicine Shoppe on North Union, near Constitution. Then, on Monday night, police say he struck again. He robbed The Medicine Shop on the west side, near Colorado Avenue and 31st Street.

Shelton said, this is a growing epidemic all over the U.S.

"The value that he stole from me was over $3,000; probably has a street value of over $100,000," Shelton said.

It's likely always going to be a problem, he added, with no cure in sight.

"Even legitimate OxyContin and Oxycodone usage is a huge problem,” Shelton said. “Opioid addiction is ... it's big in the United States.”

This was the second time Village Pharmacy was robbed in a year and a half.

Shelton said the last crook who stole from them ended up being sentenced to more than 300 years in prison. That criminal was on parole and wearing his ankle bracelet when he robbed them.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 719-444-7000, or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.