Pharmacy robbed with ‘Samurai sword’


The Centre Pharmacy. Image: Google Maps.

A pharmacist was threatened with a “Samurai sword” in a western Sydney pharmacy robbery yesterday

At around 3.15pm, a man entered the Centre Pharmacy at South Strathfield and demanded drugs from the female pharmacist, threatening her with a large knife.

“The pharmacist described it as a Samurai sword – she said it was quite large – and he demanded to get into the drug safe,” said Nuri Atli, one of the pharmacy’s owners.

“He got about three or four bottles of Kalma tablets. Before he left, he saw her wallet or purse and demanded the money out of that, so he took $70 out of her wallet, put the knife back into the side of his pants, and it went all the way down, she said.”

The man left, and the pharmacist alerted the police at 3.21. Police arrived at 3.24 but the man was last seen running west on the Hume Highway towards Homebush Road.

Mr Atli said the pharmacist was unhurt but “shaken”.

“She actually wanted to come in today but we told her to take the weekend off. It’s unfortunate that it happened to her because she’s a really nice, polite girl.

“This is usually a very quiet little pharmacy. It’s one of those on the highway that was very busy years ago, on a strip.

“We bought the shop with the hope of being able to relocate it. It’s a quiet shop and not busy, and we only bought nine months ago – the previous owners never had cameras and so we didn’t get cameras either, we just kept it the way it was.

“Tomorrow we’re installing cameras!”

Police would like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is described as being 183cm tall, of Mediterranean / Middle Eastern appearance, about 40 to 50 years old with a skinny build.

The man was unshaven, and was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket, brown pants and a cap.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Auburn Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Pharmacists who are distressed can contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910.

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