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Man takes drugs in State College Rite Aid robbery

The Rite Aid Pharmacy in Hills Plaza on South Atherton Street was robbed on Tuesday at about 9 p.m. The suspect, a white man in his mid- to late 20s, stole drugs and remains at large, police said.
The Rite Aid Pharmacy in Hills Plaza on South Atherton Street was robbed on Tuesday at about 9 p.m. The suspect, a white man in his mid- to late 20s, stole drugs and remains at large, police said. CDT file photo

State College police responded to a robbery at the Rite Aid on South Atherton Street at 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release.

Employees of the store told police that shortly before the store closed at 9 p.m. a white male entered the pharmacy area, approached a pharmacist, ordered an employee to unlock the safe and demanded specific medications, the release said. The robber put the medications into a bag and fled the store on a bicycle parked outside and rode north toward Ollie's Bargain Outlet’s side parking lot near East Branch Road, the release said.

Police said the man did not display a weapon during the heist but implied that he had one.

No employees were injured during the robbery.

A witness that drove by at the same time the suspect fled the store told police that the man rode his bicycle to a dark colored van, believed to be an older model Chevrolet Astro van or a similar body style with an extended roof height. Police said they don’t know if another person was driving the van or the suspect drove away himself.

The witness told police the man opened the passenger side sliding door and threw the bicycle inside. The man then got into the van, and it fled in an unspecified direction.

The man was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up at the time of the robbery and placed a dark bandana over his face, covering his nose and mouth, before entering the pharmacy of the store, the release said. His hoodie possibly had writing on it, and he also wore dark green cargo shorts and flip flop style shoes.

Employees of the store and the witness told police the man appeared to be in his mid- to late 20s.

Police ask anyone with information about the robbery to call them at 814-234-7150, or send an email or anonymous tip using their website, www.statecollegepa.us.

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