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Suspect sought after Richmond Hill pharmacy robbed twice

He was captured on video

Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit are seeking public assistance to identify a suspect following two pharmacy robberies in the Town of Richmond Hill.  

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, shortly after 1 p.m., officers responded to a robbery at a pharmacy located on Bayview Avenue, south of Taylor Mills Drive North. The investigation has revealed that an unknown man entered the pharmacy armed with a knife. The suspect made a demand for narcotics and the employee complied. The suspect fled on foot with a quantity of various narcotics.

More than one year later, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, shortly after 10 a.m., an unknown male entered the same pharmacy and made a demand for narcotics. The employees complied and the suspect fled on foot.

Investigators believe that the same unknown male is responsible for both robberies. They are releasing surveillance video and images of the suspect and appealing for the public’s assistance to identify him.

Suspect description:

  • Male, white
  • 20 to 25 years
  • 6’2”
  • 150 to 160 lbs.
  • Thin build

York Regional Police continues to warn the public about the dangers associated with the recreational use of illegal drugs, especially fentanyl, as people may not know the risks associated with this drug. Fentanyl is an opioid-based pain killer roughly 100 times stronger than morphine. Recreational drug users who cut or manipulate a fentanyl patch and ingest, inject or smoke a gel form of the drug should be aware that a fatal overdose can occur.  Numerous deaths from fentanyl overdoses have occurred across North America. We urge citizens to be cautious and only use fentanyl as prescribed by a medical doctor.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online.