Armed robber sought

12th Street Rite Aid surveillance reviewed

Grand Junction police were still looking Friday night for a man they suspect produced a firearm and demanded prescription drugs Friday morning at a Rite Aid store near the Mesa State College campus.

Police said they believe the robbery suspect is a white man in his mid-20s with short-buzzed, reddish hair, and he was wearing faded blue jeans and a long-sleeved blue shirt with stripes.

Police did not say Friday whether the suspect was able to get away with any drugs and what kind they were. There were two employees in the pharmacy at the time, and no one was injured in the incident.

Business wasn’t disrupted at the store at 1834 N. 12th St. as shoppers continued to enter and exit through the front doors, though some shoppers questioned the police presence.

Greg Richardson, who was visiting from out of town, walked into the store seconds before the suspect fled.

“I had no idea it was an armed robbery. Oh my gosh,” he said.

Richardson, a former law enforcement officer, said he stopped by the store out of nostalgia. It was where he purchased his first service weapon years ago. The store no longer sells guns.

Richardson said he saw store managers appearing frantic inside and running around inside the store, but he assumed someone had been shoplifting.

“That’s too bad. That makes me sick,” he said, upon being told of the suspected robbery.

Investigators are reviewing the store’s video surveillance and questioning witnesses.

Anyone with information about the incident, should call, text or e-mail CrimeStoppers. Call 970-241-STOP; text CRIMES 274637 with the word TIP729 in the message line, or go to http://www.241stop.com.


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