MOUNT LEBANON (KDKA) – A business owner in a Castle Shannon is increasing security after his pharmacy robbed for the second time in recent weeks.
The most recent robbery at the Lebanon Shops Pharmacy on Mount Lebanon Road happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday.
KDKA’s Brenda Waters: “What did he ask for?”
Tom Riley, the owner of the pharmacy: “Fentanyl patches, which is a narcotic patch.”
Riley says in each incident the robber knew exactly what he wanted and asked for it by name.
“A guy came in right as we were closing and unfortunately all of our employees were caught back here in the pharmacy; and he just came in and he had a gun and he demanded some medications, prescription medications,” Riley said.
Four employees were in the store when the suspect entered around closing time.
KDKA’s Brenda Waters: “This was the second time this has happened. Was it the same guy?
Riley: “That I don’t know. I unfortunately wasn’t here last night, so I just know that it was a white male, roughly around six-feet, young. First time, it was roughly the same thing, whether it was the same guy, I don’t know.”
The man was carrying what is believed to be a dark-colored pistol. He fled the pharmacy through the back door and police were unable to locate him.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses. He also had a hooded-shirt over his head to hide his face.
Frank Lobasso, who owns a nearby barber shop and is also the president of the business association, says they are working with police.
“We are also going to set up a complete security system throughout the whole center, outside, indoors in all the stores,” he said.
Meanwhile, Riley says he is taking steps towards increasing security as well.
“We are making changes that will enhance security for everybody around here, including changing hours of operation, procedures for opening and closing,” he said.
The case has been turned over to Allegheny County Police.