A man has been formally charged with the armed robbery of two pharmacies in Hobart, Tasmanian police say
On Sunday afternoon, police responded to a report of a man entering the Friendly Care Chemmart Pharmacy on the corner of Liverpool and Criterion Streets in Hobart’s CBD, they say.
The man allegedly threatened staff members with a knife and demanded prescription medicines. The staff complied with his demands and he fled the pharmacy.
Police soon located a man matching the description given by witnesses, as well as a quantity of prescription medication. He was taken into custody to assist with police enquiries.
The man was then formally charged with the Chemmart robbery as well as another armed robbery, at a Terry White Chemmart on Sandy Bay road, which took place about an hour before the Hobart CBD pharmacy.
The Hobart Mercury has also reported that police were looking for a fedora-wearing man who had allegedly robbed the Sandy Bay pharmacy with a knife.
He was described as having a “full brown beard, shoulder-length curly brown hair and was wearing blue jeans, a red scarf, black fedora hat, and white and blue sneakers” and carrying a purple backpack featuring Simpsons cartoon characters.
According to the Mercury, the man purchased flu medicine at around 2pm on Sunday, but later returned with a box cutter knife.
He demanded prescription medicine and left the scene.
No staff members were physically injured during either incident.
Meanwhile, in Queensland, a man went to a Brisbane Street, Ipswich pharmacy for help after he had been stabbed.
Emergency services were called and police declared a crime scene.
However police have since finished their investigation and say that the stabbing was not suspicious.