Pharmacists being targeted by addicts and criminals

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Mississauga, February 12 (CINEWS): In recent months a spate of pharmacy robberies has left many independent pharmacists in particular feeling rather vulnerable.
Just this week, Peel Regional Police reported they were searching for a suspect after a woman armed with a gun burst into a Mississauga pharmacy and stole a bunch of prescription medicine.
Police got the call around 6:10 p.m. about robbery of the pharmacy in the area of Dixie Road and Burnhamthorpe Road East. Police said the woman entered the store armed with a gun and grabbed a bunch of prescription drugs before fleeing on foot.
Two people were inside the store at the time of the robbery but weren’t injured.
The suspect is described as white, about 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-3 with a thin build. She was wearing a black jacket, black scarf and black hat.
Many South Asians own and operate small neighborhood pharmacies and often they are alone are vulnerable to robberies. This is especially true if the pharmacy is situated in a lightly trafficked neighborhood strip mall which is fairly deserted in the afternoons and sometimes at night.
Many such pharmacies have now taken measures like installing metal grill doors and customers seeking entry have to ring a bell and a lone employee inside can then decide if he or she wants to let in a genuine customer and refuse entry to anyone looking sketchy.
Many of these drug thieves tend to be desperate drug addicts seeking a high. Unfortunately that leaves pharmacists at the receiving end feeling rather low.

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