Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 4, 2014

Masked gunman robs oxycodone from Bluefield K-Mart pharmacy

BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — A masked man entered the Bluefield K-Mart store on Thursday evening and handed the pharmacist on duty a note, claiming that he was armed and demanded oxycodone, according to police investigating the incident.

“He did not brandish a firearm, but he put his hand in his waistband indicating that he had a weapon,” Lt. G.W. Lightfoot of the Bluefield Police Department said. “He was wearing a gray mask. The note indicated that he was armed and that he wanted oxys.”

According to Lightfoot, the pharmacist complied with the masked gunman’s request. “His head was covered with a gray (ski) mask,” Lightfoot said. “Another store employee saw the suspect exit the store and leave in a white SUV.”

Lightfoot said that patrolmen with the department have been canvassing the city in search of a vehicle that matches the vehicle that the suspect left in. The theft occurred at about 6:45 p.m., Lightfoot said.

“While they have been out patrolling, I have been reviewing store security tapes,” Lightfoot said. He did not release any details of what the tapes revealed.

Lightfoot did not immediately have a value on the oxycodone pills that were taken. He also did not say how many pills were taken.

“Right now, we’re searching for the suspect and trying to catch a break,” he said.

– Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com