FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2015
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On Tuesday evening, July 14, 2015, at 9:00 PM, the State College Police responded to the Rite Aid Drug Store located at 1927 South Atherton Street for a report of a robbery. The victims, who are employees of the store, reported that right before store closed, a white male entered the store wearing a black hoodie with his hood up. The suspect male walked directly to the back of the store and paused near the bathroom. At this time the suspect male placed a dark colored bandana over his face covering his nose and mouth. The suspect was then able to access the pharmacy behind the counter. The suspect quickly approached the pharmacist demanding they unlock the safe and asked for specific medications. The suspect loaded the medications into a bag that was across his left shoulder. There were no injuries sustained by the victims.
The suspect fled the store with an undisclosed amount of prescription medications. The suspect fled from the front of the store on a bicycle that was parked outside and rode north toward Ollie’s Bargain Outlet side parking lot closest to East Branch Road. A witness happened to be driving by at the same time the suspect fled the store and observed the suspect ride his bicycle to the side parking lot where a dark colored van was waiting. The witness watched the suspect open the passenger side sliding door and throw the bicycle inside. The suspect entered the van and it fled in an unknown direction of travel. The van was believed to be an older model black or dark colored Chevrolet Astro van or similar body style with an extended roof height.
The suspect white male was described as wearing a black hoodie with possible writing on it with the hood up, a dark colored bandana covering the suspect’s face, dark green cargo shorts, and flip flop style shoes. The victim and witness estimated the male to be in his mid to late 20’s.
We are urging anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact the State College Police Department at (814) 234-7150, by email or submit an anonymous tip through our website.
Detective John W. Aston # 3290