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UPDATE: Robber Strikes CVS on Christmas Eve

$1,000 reward offered for information that leads to an arrest.

UPDATE 11:15am Jan. 3 -- Montgomery County Police are asking the public for help in identifying the suspect in the Christmas Eve robbery of the CVS at the Montgomery Village Center.

Police have issued surveillance footage showing the suspect to be a white male, approximately 25 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing between 200 and 230 pounds. He was wearing blue jeans, a blue sweatshirt, had bandages wrapped around his head and his arm in a sling.

The suspect entered the CVS shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 24, went to the pharmacy counter in the back of the store. He implied that he had a handgun and gave the pharmacist a note demanding prescription drugs. A handgun was never seen, according to police.

The robbery is not believed to be related to the Nov. 17 and Nov. 30 CVS robberies in which the suspect was armed with a shotgun.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at 240-773-5100. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE 10:36 p.m. Dec. 24 — The CVS in Montgomery Village has been robbed for the third time in six weeks, struck this time on Christmas Eve with the 24-hour pharmacy full of shoppers.

The suspect—described as a white male, 5’10” tall with a thin build—entered the store at 8:51 p.m. Witnesses said he went to the pharmacy counter in the rear of the CVS and demanded cash from the safe.

The man was wearing a blue jacket, khaki pants and had his right arm in a sling, according to police.

A police spokeswoman had not determined if the suspect was armed.

"He had something, but we’re not sure what it was," she said.

by a suspect wielding a sawed-off shotgun. on Dec. 19, the 7-Eleven in the Montgomery Village Center on Oct. 12 and the 7-Eleven on Snouffer School Road on Oct. 27.

Stay tuned to Patch as the story develops.

Courtney December 25, 2011 at 11:41 PM
I think the Patch should remove the comment box, this is ridiculous.
Restricted Access December 28, 2011 at 08:19 PM
The security guard was posted at the CVS since the FIRST robbery. We know have a THIRD robbery at the CVS ... where I shop on a frequent basis. Did this guard try to intervene? Did any customers call police and try to intervene? Why aren't police visiting the CVS? They could maybe set up a neighborhood command post there?
Restricted Access December 28, 2011 at 08:20 PM
I think it's necessary.
Sebastian Montes (Editor) December 28, 2011 at 08:56 PM
I shop there a lot, too. From what I can tell, the security detail starts at 10pm; this robbery occurred a bit before 9pm.
Restricted Access December 28, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Oh, I assumed that there were there all the time. The powers that be at CVS corporate thought the guards only need to be there to deter what they thought were the "Wee Hours Bandits". Now, since it was before 10 pm, they will have to change their agreement with the security company.
Bob Hydorn December 29, 2011 at 02:18 PM
I wonder why CVS needs to have two 24/7 stores so close together. Montgomery Village Avenue and Gaithersburg Square.
liz December 29, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Because not all ppl r bad I told y'all ppl from out of town are coming n now we have crippled white men robbing our stores were tired of the crime too
MD December 29, 2011 at 07:15 PM
MV has it own security force (can we call it a force?). This is just another reason why the Board, or better yet, the owners of MV to decide on if the current security is good enough or if we should even have security. Its a cost, and for the past few years, its a cost we dont need and seems can live without.
Bob Hydorn December 29, 2011 at 07:28 PM
MD - I have to point out that Montgomery Village Foundation hires Amercian protective Services for security on MVF property only. That would be our parks, community centers, offices etc. The MVF does not provide, nor hire security for any of the Residential areas - Homes Coporations, Condominium Associations, Rental Communities or Commercial properties within the VIllage. Any of those entities that wish to have security contract directly with such a security firm. If your HOA has security and you are not happy with that, you should contact that HOA.
Sharon January 04, 2012 at 05:15 PM
For those following this recent CVS robbery, link to most recent TV News Update. I have always enjoyed the humor Pat Collins brings to his reporting 'cause with all the bad news we hear on daily basis, we need some humor. But, after you get through his often comical, melodramatic take, you might want to pay closer attention to the interview of MC police officer who presents the crux of robbery motive. http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Bandaged-Bandit-Sticks-Up-CVS-136593293.html
Restricted Access January 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Well, I for one am quite glad that the CVS is Montgomery Village is open 24/7. It's a lot easier for me. If the Gaithersburg Square one were to be the only one offering 24/7 coverage, then, I would have to take a car there. This way I can walk across the street for my needs.
Restricted Access January 04, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Yesterday (3 January 2012) I was at the Super Clean Laundromat and Channel 5 (My Fox DC) came on with a story about the CVS robberies. However, when I went to search for it, this is what I got ... http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/01/montgomery-village-cvs-robbed-by-man-wrapped-in-bandages-70980.html
Restricted Access January 04, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Here we go, found another way to search for it ... http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/local/man-disguised-in-bandages-robs-gaithersburg-cvs-pharmacy-on-christmas-eve-010312

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