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Employee punched, money and drugs stolen from Newmarket pharmacy

Police say there was a second pharmacy robbery just 40 minutes later in Markham
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Two suspects stole drugs and cash from a Newmarket pharmacy Monday night, punching an employee in the incident. 

York Regional Police said at about 7 p.m. on Nov. 28, officers responded to a robbery call at a pharmacy on Davis Drive. It said two suspects wearing masks had entered the store and punched an employee. Police are looking for help identifying the suspects.

They stole cash and drugs and then fled in a vehicle. 

Forty minutes later, a second robbery was reported at a pharmacy on Markham Road in Markham. Again, two suspects entered the store and demanded cash and drugs, obtaining both, police said. 

No one was seriously injured in either incident. 

York Regional Police reminds business owners of the importance of maintaining surveillance video systems, as high-quality images can help identify suspects in these incidents. 

Earlier in the week on Nov. 23, there were two robberies at pharmacies in Vaughan.

Two male suspects entered the store with a gun, demanding and obtaining cash and drugs. They fled in a vehicle. A similar incident occurred hours later at a second store and investigators believe the two robberies in Vaughan are related. 

However, police have not said that the Vaughan incidents are related to the robberies in Newmarket and Markham. 

Investigators are now seeking suspects as well as any witnesses to come forward in all the robberies. Anyone with information is asked to contact YRP's hold-up unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 6630. You can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online.


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