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Police in northern NSW are warning the public to “be wary” if offered methadone or fentanyl following a robbery

Police were called to a pharmacy in Armidale Road, South Grafton shortly after 5pm on Monday after an armed robbery.

The officers, from Coffs Clarence Police District, were told that a man armed with a knife and with a bandana covering his face entered the store and threatened two female employees

He then took a sum of cash as well as methadone and fentanyl patches.

He left via the front door and walked to an adjacent arcade. Nobody was physically injured during the incident.

Police say that they are continuing to investigate the robbery and to review CCTV images from the pharmacy and nearby businesses, following an unsuccessful attempt to locate the man after the robbery.

They have warned locals about purchasing the stolen medication, telling them to be wary in the event they are offered methadone or fentanyl.

The alleged offender is described as wearing a hoodie over his head, a bandana over his face, dark pants and carrying a knife.

Airport West, Victoria: Channel Nine has reported on a “daring” ram raid on a pharmacy – the eighth time the store has been targeted by thieves.

It shows CCTV footage of the moment a stolen Subaru rammed its way into the pharmacy, followed by images of a hoodie-wearing thief jumping over the counter and into the dispensary.

Owner Lachlan Williams said he believed that the thief was looking for pseudoephedrine, but “all the fun stuff I hide for this exact reason”.

“Funnily enough, he might have stolen some cholesterol tablets,” he told reporter Neary Ty.

“We’re in the business of legal drugs, rather than illegal drugs, and we’re a target – so armed robbery would have been a hell of a lot worse.”

Police suspect the same criminals may have also targeted other businesses on the same night.

Ringwood, Victoria: A Chemist Warehouse security guard has been assaulted after chasing alleged thieves in Ringwood.

The Herald Sun reports that police believe the group of four men entered the Chemist Warehouse and stole a number of items including perfume, before heading to the car park.

The security guard followed, but one of the men pushed and kicked the guard. The four drove away in a white ute.

A police spokesperson said the guard did not suffer any serious injuries.

Maitland, NSW: The Maitland Mercury reports that police are searching for a man who stole a prescription from a Priceline Pharmacy.

Police say the man allegedly used a false address while having the script filled, then put the medicine in his pocket and left the store without paying for it.

Police were alerted to the false address when they went there the next day to investigate and found it to be false.

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  1. Notachemist

    Pharmacists can turn to the Pharmacists’ Support Service if they are distressed by these events. The service is available every day of the year between 8.00 am and 11.00 pm EST on 1300244910.

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