Police roundup

A rash of pharmacy robberies have taken place around the country, and one pharmacy suffered damage when a car crashed through its front doors

Launceston, Tasmania: Police are investigating two pharmacy burglaries in the Launceston area on Monday night.

Two offenders forced entry to the Hobart Road pharmacy around 9.15pm by damaging the front door.

“A quantity of medication was stolen,” say police. “Offenders were seen getting into a small black hatchback car which drove from the scene.”

At around 9.35pm, offenders struck again, entering a Gorge Road pharmacy by damaging the front door.

Again, medication was stolen, along with cash, and this time the offenders left the scene on foot – though a small black hatchback was seen in the vicinity of the pharmacy at the time.

Police say they would like to speak to anyone with information in relation to the burglaries or sightings of a black hatchback car or suspicious activity in the area at the time.


Maroochydore, Queensland: Police have charged a man after he allegedly robbed a pharmacy on Friday night.

“Around 6pm it will be alleged the man attended the Aerodrome Road business armed with a replica shotgun and threatened staff,” said police.

“They complied and the man fled with a sum of money towards the CBD.

“He was located minutes later by the dog squad hiding in front of a business on Maud Street and arrested without incident.”

The 45-year-old Rockhampton man was charged with armed robbery, threats and possess utensils.


Macksville, NSW: A car has crashed into a pharmacy at Macksville on Monday evening, after mounting the curb and crashing through glass entry doors.

Owner Patrick Ward told the Nambucca Guardian that the brakes had failed in a compact passenger vehicle and that the driver was “a little shaken”.

Nobody was physically injured, he said, saying that the premises was now being secured.


Cherrybrook, NSW: Police are appealing for information after two armed men clad in balaclavas robbed a Cherrybrook pharmacy last week.

“About 7.30pm (Tuesday 30 June 2020), two men – one armed with a knife – entered the business and threatened two female employees before demanding they open the safe,” police said.

“The men removed items from the safe, and an employee’s handbag.

“Prior to leaving the men tied the women’s hands and were last seen running towards Kanangra Crescent Park.”

Nobody was physically injured, police said.

“Ryde Police Area Command have commenced an investigation and are searching for two men wearing hooded jumpers and dark clothing, with their faces covered with balaclavas.”


Spearwood, WA: Regional Investigations Unit Detectives are investigating an armed robbery in Spearwood on the night of 30 June 2020. 

At approximately 9:30pm a man entered a pharmacy on Rockingham Road. Armed with a knife, he demanded prescription medication and cash. After obtaining a quantity, he fled on foot. 

“He is described as 180cm tall, fair skin and slim build, wearing a black hooded jumper, black track pants, grey sneakers, a mask and glasses,” say police.

“Investigators are appealing for anyone with CCTV or dashcam vision of the area during this time to contact police.”

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