Suspect wanted for string of Walgreens robberies

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 26, 2021

 Deputies are looking for a suspect wanted for the recent robberies at various drugstores.

Deputies are looking for a suspect wanted for the recent robberies at various drugstores.

Photo provided by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office


ROCHESTER HILLS — Deputies are searching for a man who may have robbed multiple drug stores across Oakland and Genesee counties.

At around 2:29 p.m. Jan. 22, deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation said a man walked in a Walgreens in the 2900 block of Crooks Road in Rochester Hills, approached the register, indicated he had a gun and demanded money.

The cashier reportedly complied and gave the man all the money in the register.

The suspect — who is described as a Black man in his 20s, of medium build and average height — then fled the area on foot. The suspect was reportedly wearing a green camouflage hooded coat, black Nike running pants, a light blue face mask and a white glove on his right hand.

Deputies said a K-9 unit was able to establish a track leading north out of the building, which led to the rear of the building, across a private roadway and into another parking lot, where the scent was lost.

The following day, a man matching the description of the suspect attempted to rob a Walgreens located in the 7100 block of Dixie Highway in Independence Township.  

Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect entered the store at around 5:56 p.m. and lingered a few minutes before approaching the cash register.

“The suspect requested the cashier give him all the money, to which the cashier reports she told the suspect ‘I don’t got time for this,’” according to reports.

Deputies said the suspect concealed his hands in the pockets of his sweatshirt, implying he had a gun, and threatened to shoot the cashier. The cashier said she did not see a weapon and did not believe the suspect, so she walked away from the register as more customers were approaching. The suspect then fled the area on foot.

At press time, a manager was attempting to secure the surveillance camera footage and said they would forward it to detectives.

Minutes later, at 6:07 p.m., a robbery occurred at the CVS Pharmacy in the 4000 block of Grange Hall Road in Holly.

The suspect in all three incidents is believed to be the same suspect responsible for previous armed robberies that occurred at Walgreens in Orion Township and Lake Orion last week.

The first one occurred at 7:39 p.m. Jan. 19. Deputies responded to the Walgreens located at 3520 S. Baldwin Road in Orion Township on a report of an armed robbery. The store manager reported that a man had presented what appeared to be a firearm under his hoodie and demanded money.

“The suspect stated he was serious and that he ‘would shoot,’” according to reports.

When the cashier opened the drawer, the suspect grabbed the cash and fled on foot heading west from the store.

Deputies recovered several items suspected of having been dropped by the suspect as he fled and also obtained photos of the suspect from the store’s surveillance camera.

The following day, at around 1:56 p.m., a man with the same description reportedly committed an armed robbery at the Walgreens in the Village of Lake Orion.

In both robberies in Orion Township and Lake Orion, the suspect was described as a Black man in his 20s wearing a black hoodie, black jeans with holes, black high-top basketball shoes, and a blue mask over his face.

An undetermined amount of cash was taken in the robberies, and the incidents all remain under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Deputies said there is a $1,000 reward, and all callers will remain anonymous.