Police search for suspect in Walgreens armed robbery

Police are searching for a suspect in a Walgreens armed robbery.

- Thinking he's a regular customer simply buying an iced tea, a 27-year-old Walgreens employee instead had a gun held to her head.

Fraser police said around 4 a.m. Thursday morning, a man casually walked into a 24-hour Walgreens on 13 Mile and Groesbeck, grabbed a bottle of iced tea, and went to the counter to pay. But then he pulled out a silver and black handgun.

"He pointed it right in her face. She didn't hesitate to open up the register then started putting (the money) into a grocery bag," said Lt. Mike Pettys of Fraser police.

While she put about $480 into a plastic bag, another employee heard change falling onto the floor and came in to see what was going on.

"He ordered her to the end -- to the back of the store and he left," Pettys said.

Fraser police said the man walked out just as casually as he walked in. K-9 units were able to track him only to a BP gas station, likely getting into his car there.

"We're still working on trying to find a vehicle through all the video systems in the area," Pettys said.

Fraser police said they only know the man headed west.. Employees and police describe the thief as about 6'2" tall, 230-250 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt, green camouflage shorts, black shoes and a blue baseball hat.

Police said he may work in the area because he had safety goggles on his heading, indicating he may be working in a shop.

The Walgreens has been robbed numerous times and all of the victims have been women. Now they hope this man, who they say may have done this before, is found -- worried his next trip to Walgreens could be deadly.

"He put that gun right to her head," Pettys said. "And who knows, does he do it next time? Does the gun accidentally go off next time? Who knows, but we need to get this guy off the streets."

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