Sheriff’s office: Men tied up employee, stole prescription meds from Powhatan pharmacy


POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Investigators in Powhatan County are looking for two suspects who allegedly tied up an employee at a local pharmacy and stole prescription medication.

Authorities say at around 8:40 a.m. Monday, two black males entered the Powhatan Drug pharmacy located at 2105 Academy Road. One of the suspects inside the pharmacy displayed a firearm that resembled a ‘dark-colored revolver.’ The suspect also allegedly used zip ties to tie up the employee, according to a release from the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office.

The owner of the pharmacy, Richard A Pelletier, told 8News the incident unfolded quickly as he was preparing to start his day.

“Two African-American fellas came in, put a mask on, one presented a handgun; not a regular handgun but a real one, 9-millimeter style,” he explained. “Then they asked me where I kept the narcotics.

“I didn’t want to resist,” he added. “I was very low key; yes, no, very polite, you know? Gave them whatever they wanted.”

No one was injured during the incident. Surveillance footage captured images of the suspect vehicle — a black SUV — before it fled West on Route 60

Pelletier said the men took everything out of a stimulant narcotics cabinet and some cough syrup in about a 10-minute span before tying him up with zip ties. He described the suspects as heavy set black males, roughly 5-foot-8 with beards. He said they were wearing ‘nice clothes’ and gloves with baseball caps and bandanas over their faces.

Anyone with information related to this incident should contact the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 598-5656 or Powhatan Crime Solvers at (804) 403-4357 (HELP).  This investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.  

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