Armed man attempts robbery of Pleasant Grove Pharmacy
By: Lareign Ward - Texarkana Gazette
Staff photo by Curt Youngblood • Members of the Texarkana, Texas, Police Department investigate an attempted armed robbery Tuesday afternoon at Pleasant Grove Pharmacy.
Staff photo by Curt Youngblood • Spencer Price, a crime scene technician with Texarkana, Texas, Police Deparment, searches for fingerprints Tuesday afternoon on the door of Pleasant Grove Pharmacy after an attempted robbery at the store.
An armed man in search of drugs attempted to rob Pleasant Grove Pharmacy on Tuesday afternoon, Texarkana, Texas, police said.
No one was injured in the robbery attempt on the pharmacy at 3302 Richmond Road. Capt. Michael Henry said police were dispatched to the scene at 1:40 p.m.
Sgt. Steve Shelley said a man armed with a handgun entered the business and approached an employee. The man was wearing a bandana and sunglasses to cover his face.
While Shelley said the man “directed the employee towards the pharmaceutical area of the store,” police had not been able to definitely determine if the robber, who apparently favored narcotics over cash, left with any items.
“It doesn’t look like he made off with much, if anything at all,” Henry said at the crime scene Tuesday afternoon.
Henry said a female employee tried to flee the store to get away from the robber, but he forced her back into the store. The robber then fled the scene, heading south on foot, Shelley said.
Officers canvassed the area in search of the robber, but were unable to locate him. Henry said it was unlikely that any sort of surveillance cameras captured images of the robber, although police were still checking with nearby businesses Tuesday afternoon to see if they had any footage relevant to the investigation.
The pharmacy was closed while police dusted the door for fingerprints and interviewed witnesses. When he found out why the store was closed, a customer who wanted to pay a bill said, “Really? In this neighborhood?”
Henry said Tuesday’s incident is the only recent attempted or completed pharmacy robbery on the Texas side.
“People get addicted to narcotics, and this is one way they see of being able to get some quickly,” the police captain said.
TTPD requests that any person with information on the robbery call Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP.