Queensland Police have charged a man with one count of armed robbery and one count of enter premises with intent after he allegedly stole drugs from the Fairfield Waters Chemmart Pharmacy.
Police will allege that around 1pm, the man entered the Kokoda Street premises wearing a balaclava and armed with a knife before threatening a number of people inside.
He allegedly then entered an adjoining pharmacy, threatened an employee and demanded prescription drugs.
“We had a man walk in, presenting with a knife and requesting our safe contents,” pharmacist Marlyi Waters, who was on duty with one pharmacy assistant at the time.
“He wanted steroids and benzos – when I asked what benzos he wanted, he wanted Valium and Serepax.”
Waters says that both she and the pharmacy assistant were unhurt.
The man took the drugs and cash and then fled the store in a vehicle which police soon found at Loam Drive Rasmussen, thanks to information provided to them by witnesses.
Waters says that her customers have been very supportive.
“They’ve brought flowers in and people brought me morning tea,” she says. “It’s actually been lovely.”
She says that when faced with such situations, it’s important to “just do as they say”.
“They’re wanting to get out as much as you’re wanting them to leave,” she says. “The sooner you can get them out of there, the better.”