Halton Police investigating a series of pharmacy robberies in Oakville and Burlington

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The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) is investigating a series of pharmacy robberies that it believes are connected.

Police shared details of the three robberies in Oakville and Burlington which occured in the span of a month.

On February 15, 2021, at approximately 3:55 pm three males entered Halton Pharmacy on Speers Road in Oakville and demanded the pharmacist turnover narcotics from the safe. After stealing the drugs, the suspects fled the area in an SUV. No weapons were seen or mentioned and no physical injuries were sustained, police said.

On February 19, 2021, at approximately 5:15 pm three males entered IDA Pharmacy and Alton Village Medical Clinic on Thomas Alton Boulevard in Burlington and demanded the pharmacist turnover narcotics. They were unsuccessful in obtaining any drugs however they did steal cash from the register. They fled the area in an SUV. The suspects indicated they were armed, but no weapons were observed. Nobody was physically injured during the incident, according to police.

On March 14, 2021, at approximately 7:05 pm four males entered Rexall Pharma Plus on Lakeshore Road West in Oakville. They again targeted narcotics from the safe and were able to steal a quantity of prescription drugs and cash. On this occasion, one of the suspects was armed with a kitchen knife. They fled the area in a sedan. Two victims suffered minor physical injuries during this robbery, police stated.

In each incident the suspects have been wearing masks however they appear to be between 16-22 years of age.

Police want to remind the public of the following safety tips:

  • Always be vigilant of your surroundings
  • If you find yourself present during a robbery, remain calm.
  • Do not argue with the robbers or attempt to disarm them
  • Try and note/remember as many details as possible
  • Do not touch or move anything discarded or left behind by the robbers
  • Once safe to do so, call 911 and remain at the scene until police arrive

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Barry Malciw of the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2218.

Police would also be interested in any dash cam footage residents may have of the suspects and their vehicles in the area and time of the robberies.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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