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Armed gender-bender robber holds up King County pharmacies

Surveillance photo of suspect believed responsible for multiple pharmacy robberies at Walgreens in King County in the past few months. Suspect believed to a female wearing bulky clothing to hide her gender.
Surveillance photo of suspect believed responsible for multiple pharmacy robberies at Walgreens in King County in the past few months. Suspect believed to a female wearing bulky clothing to hide her gender.

The King County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the suspect behind multiple pharmacy robberies in King County in the past few months. The robber who dressed in bulky clothing to hide their gender was originally thought to be male, but now detectives believe the suspect may be female, according to sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. John Urquhart.

According to the release:

The suspect enters the store and heads to the pharmacy to ask for oxycodone. In at least one of the robberies a pistol was waived around while the pharmacist complied.

The first robbery occurred at the Walgreens located at 14565 Ambaum Blvd. S.W. in Burien on September 30th about 9:30 p.m. The robber wore a gray hoody, blond wig, and a straw hat. She brandished a handgun during the robbery.

Police think the same suspect hit the same Walgreens again on November 22nd about 12:15 a.m. This time the suspect wore a light-colored trench coat, hood and a beanie hat, with a scarf that covered most of her face. A gun was implied.

On December 16th about 2:45 a.m. employees believe the same suspect went inside the Walgreens again, but for some reason didn't act and left before deputies arrived. Not long afterwards the Walgreens in Renton was robbed. Both Renton and sheriff's detectives believe the same person is responsible for this robbery as well.

The suspect is described as a black female, short and stout and quite heavy-set. She is between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches and estimated to weight at least 200 to 225 lbs. She has dark skin and wears bulky clothes under a coat, a hat and hoody, and tries to conceal her face with hair from a wig or with a scarf.

CrimeStoppers is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Call 1-800-222-TIPS.

Another reward, up to $1000, is available from Rx Patrol at 203-588-7614 or their web site at http://www.rxpatrol.org.

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