Man enters Butlers, threatens bomb to get drugs

Last updated: July 23. 2014 1:09PM - 1824 Views
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Emily Hobbs/Civitas MediaA Clinton police car covers the back entrance to Butler's Pharmacy in downtown Clinton, the site of an early morning robbery today.
Emily Hobbs/Civitas MediaA Clinton police car covers the back entrance to Butler's Pharmacy in downtown Clinton, the site of an early morning robbery today.
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Clinton police were continuing to scour the downtown area this afternoon for a man who walked into Butler’s Pharmacy earlier in the day, said he had a bomb and demanded drugs from the pharmacist. No one was injured in the incident.


It was the first violent crime to occur in the downtown area since surveillance cameras were installed in the downtown area, and police were working to use those cameras to help identify the suspect this afternoon.


Contacted today, Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley said officers had sketchy details about the suspect, described as only a white male, 5 foot 8 inces to 6 foot tall and between 40-50 years of age. He was wearing a gray hat and a long tan coat or shirt.


“We really don’t have a good description of his hair color or his weight,” the police chief said.


Although the man didn’t produce a weapon at the time of the robbery, Tilley said he should still be considered dangerous.


“We don’t think he really had a bomb,” Tilley stressed, “but anyone who has such an intent to forcefully take something like he did should be considered dangerous.”


The incident happened around 9:39 a.m. Wednesday morning when the man, reportedly wearing sunglasses and a surgical mask, entered the pharmacy from the rear door off Lisbon Street, walked up to the pharmacy counter and demanded drugs from the pharmacist.


Tilley would not say what kind of drugs were demanded, but acknowledged that the man did specify the type of narcotic he wanted.


The man, the police chief said, was holding a box with a phone attached and told the pharmacist that it was a bomb. Once he retrieved the drugs, the man fled the building, again through the rear door.


The Police Department’s K-9 led officers to the Wall Street area where the search has been concentrated.


So far, no one was been taken into custody.


Tilley said that area, as well as others, would continue to be canvassed, even as police worked to review surveillance footage of the area.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Police Department at 910-592-3105.


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