A local pharmacy was robbed Wednesday night by two men demanding a highly addictive painkiller.
The men entered the Health Select Pharmacy in the Tudor Glen Market at around 7 p.m. and demanded the prescription painkiller Oxycontin.
Both suspects wore balaclavas, one was carrying a long knife and entered the pharmacy through the north door before jumping the counter and threatening the clerk.
The men demanded Oxycontin, but the pharmacy does not carry that medication. The pair then swiped several other medications at random from the shelves before fleeing.
The robbery came after an attempted heist by two men with very similar descriptions at the Guardian Drugs in Morinville at 6 p.m. Those would-be thieves had problems gaining entry through the door and fled.
Cpl. Laurel Kading with the St. Albert RCMP said the men did not demand cash in either robbery and both appear to have been driven by addiction.
“This may speak to why they simply grabbed what they could and ran.”
Kading said the possible addiction issue is concerning for police.
“It also speaks to us about the need for people calling in and giving us more information to go from, because they may be motivated to try again,” she said. “We need to stop this kind of behaviour and hopefully get these people so they are not a threat to the community.”
The two men are both believed to be Caucasian and in their late teens or early twenties.
The first man is described as about five-foot-six with a black balaclava, dark grey hoodie, black gloves, light grey pants and white shoes.
The second man stands around five-foot-nine with a similar balaclava and hoodie along with green gloves, black pants and brown boots with black toes. He has a slender build.
Kading said police do not have a description of the suspects' vehicle and are asking anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700.
The Tudor Glen pharmacy has been targeted in the past and Kading said the RCMP will work with them to improve security.
“That is something that is going to be offered to the drugstore, we haven't made the contact yet.”