Police: Suspects attempted to rob CVS Pharmacy at gunpoint

RAW: Call to Jonesboro dispatch during CVS Pharmacy attempted robbery
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police have released more information concerning an attempted robbery at a Jonesboro pharmacy last week.

Jonesboro officers were called to investigate a robbery at CVS Pharmacy, 110 Southwest Dr., on the morning of June 21.

Victims and witnesses reported seeing three black males, between the ages of 15 and 17, all dressed in dark-colored hoodies.

The suspects entered the store where one of the victims told them to take off their hoodies. Then one of the witnesses reported hearing a suspect say, "We are going to rob you."

Officer Susan Gray stated in the incident report that she saw surveillance video of one suspect pulling a black handgun from his pants and pointing it at another victim's head.

Both victims were zip tied in different parts of the store.

Prior to the suspects entering the store, one of the victims set up the door to sound an alarm if anyone else entered or exited the store.

During the robbery, a witness fled outside sounding the alarm. The alarm made the suspects think someone had entered the store and they ran away.

They were last seen running west behind the pharmacy toward Hampton Drive.

Officers searched the area with a K9 but did not find the suspects.

Detective Josh Wiiest stated in the same report that he was contacted by the Hot Springs Police Department about another CVS Pharmacy robbery that occurred there and appeared to be connected to a string of robberies at these stores.

Wiiest said the motives of both cases were the same.

The HSPD had also been contacted by the FBI in Indianapolis about a gang in that state that was sending members out to steal opioid products from CVS Pharmacies.

The detective stated all the evidence collected in the case would be turned over to the FBI as they continue to investigate the robberies.

The case is considered closed on Monday following the FBI request, pending further information or leads.

If anyone has information about this case, call Jonesboro Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867).

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