The Palo Alto downtown Walgreens was robbed of OxyContin, an addictive pain reliever, by a tall, thin man on Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, according to Palo Alto police.
The man allegedly walked into the drug store at 328 University Ave. shortly before 2:34 p.m., went to the pharmacy department and asked for help finding an over-the-counter medication.
A pharmacist walked him to the proper aisle, but once there, the man opened a messenger bag he had slung across his body so that the pharmacist could see his hand on the grip of a gun inside the bag.
He demanded OxyContin, a prescription pain reliever that is a controlled substance in California, and told the pharmacist he was addicted to opiates, police stated. The pharmacist returned to the pharmacy and gave the man a bottle of the drug. The man then walked out of the store, going westbound down University Avenue and turning left onto Bryant Street.
Police have released two photos of the man, taken by the store's video surveillance camera.
Police set up a perimeter that covered most of downtown and searched for the suspect. The man was described as white, in his 20s, about 6-feet to 6-feet-2-inches tall with a slim build and cropped hair. He was described as wearing a white baseball cap with the Seattle Seahawks logo, a gray fleece jacket and light pants and shoes. The medium-sized, tan-and-green messenger bag had a black strap.
No one was injured in the incident, police said.
Police are advising anyone who has information on this incident to contact the Palo Alto Police Department at 650-329-2413 or call 911. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984.