Criminals are targeting pharmacies around the country, with a machete used in one of the latest incidents
Duncraig, WA: WA police are looking for a man who allegedly threatened staff at an Arnisdale Road pharmacy with a machete.
The man, who had his face covered, left with some prescription medicine and left in a small car, possibly a coupe.
He has been described as 170 to 180cm tall with a medium build and blond hair, and was wearing dark clothing with white running shoes.
Kanwal, NSW: A man has faced Wyong Local Court on charges regarding the armed robbery of the Amcal Pharmacy at Kanwal.
According to police, the man threatened a female staff member with a toy firearm before fleeing with prescription drugs including endone and oxycontin.
The man later handed himself in to police.
Cobram, Vic: A man handed himself in to Caroline Springs police after it was alleged that he stole from a local pharmacy.
The man allegedly took Alprazolam from the Cobram pharmacy – though he had earlier filled a script for the same medication in Numurkah, around twenty minutes’ drive away.
The man was charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance.
Waramanga, ACT: A man allegedly robbed a Capital Chemist store in Waramanga on Monday afternoon, armed with a knife.
The man went to the pharmacy around 3.15pm and left with cash.
Police are asking witnesses who may have dash-cam or other footage of the Waramanga Shopping Centre around the time, to contact them. They are seeking a man of medium to solid build, 165 to 175cm tall, aged in his 20s and with short light brown or dark blond hair.
He was wearing a black cap and hoodie, grey tracksuit pants and reflective sunglasses with thin metal rims.
Bicton, WA: A man allegedly stole around $200 from the Gerald Burns Pharmacy in Bicton last weekend, say Palmyra Police.
The man, who entered the pharmacy with a woman, took cash from the register and left.
Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley is encouraging locals to bring safety concerns to her attention.
Port Macquarie, NSW: A man has been charged following investigations into multiple alleged break and enters in Port Macquarie this month.
Medication was stolen from three pharmacies on the 2nd, 15th and 17th of January.
Police went to the home of a 42-year-old man at Port Macquarie and arrested him, charging him with three counts of break, enter and steal. Bail was refused.
Readers who are distressed can contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910.