A gun-waving thief who steals to feed his addiction to painkillers has done it again.
Since February, authorities have been looking for one man who is the prime suspect in four pharmacy robberies.
His latest target was at the Drug Warehouse Tuesday night in the 100 block of S. Garnett Road.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford reports why police are convinced this thief won’t stop until he’s caught.
If this thief is addicted to painkillers, then detectives are certain he will be driven to rob again.
The man is after Lortab, a combination of Hydrocodone and Tylenol, which increases the effect of Hydrocodone. It’s one of the most wanted and abused drugs on the streets.
Pharmacists first met the Lortab bandit in February.
"He came in and acted a little squirrelly,” says Tulsa Police Robbery Sergeant Dave Walker.
The suspect hands a note to a pharmacist at the Couch Pharmacy near 4th and S. Sheridan. The robber is very specific and demands Lortab in blue pill form.
"Then we had him located at a convenience store in the area where he changed clothes in that area,” says Walker.
The Lortab crook took about a month off but then targeted the same Couch Pharmacy.
This time he had a gun and appeared to be in real need of a painkiller fix.
"His stature, his demeanor inside the store, it's almost like he is jonesing for them,” says Walker.
This is a priority for the Tulsa Police because the thief keeps getting more brazen.
"He's probably yelling out for help and we would like to give that to him before he hits another pharmacy,” says Walker.
The bandit went on to hit the T Roy Barnes Pharmacy near 34th and S. Yale on March 24th. Video surveillance shows while an elderly woman waits for her prescription he takes control, waving his gun in the air as he announces it’s a robbery.
It only took him five days to do it again. The pharmacy robber is caught on camera pulling out a gun and demanding Lortab at the Drug Warehouse on 11th and S. Garnett Road on Tuesday night.
"He needs some help before he gets killed because the pharmacies are not going to take this much longer without putting up some sort of security. You come in with a gun and you risk your life,” says Walker.
Customers say it takes more than the security cameras to catch a thief like this.
"Camera surveillance only works so far. You have to have boots on the ground. We can sit there and watch something happen and we need to put a stop to it when we see it,” says Dave Roberts.
None of the recent pharmacies robbed wanted to talk about what happened. At T Roy Barnes they are already stepping up security. FOX23 noticed a sign posted on the door that says the doors are locked and customers must be buzzed in.
This pharmacy robber hits all times of the day and night.
Detectives recommend if you come face-to-face with a pharmacy robber do not confront the suspect, especially if he has a gun.
"Get as small as you can because he doesn't give a flip about you. He wants the pills and to get out,” says Walker. "If you can get out of the store and get to a place of safety and call 911 and give us a heads up. And look around and see what car he gets into."
Police also recommend customers and pharmacists watch to see if the robber is wearing layers. Look to see what he’s wearing under the sweatshirt or jacket. Many robbers are known to take off their layers after a heist and wear what’s underneath in public.
Also look to see if they are covering their arms, that’s a sign they have tattoos on their arms. Also look at their neck to see if there are any markings or tattoos. Any identifying marks will help police.
Police believe this pharmacy robber is responsible for four of the seven pharmacy robberies in Tulsa this year.
He’s described as a white male, no taller than 5’5’’ and weighs between 120 and 130 pounds. He may have strawberry blonde facial hair and he wore a purple scarf in the Drug Warehouse robbery. He's also spotted in two suspect vehicles: a newer black Nissan Pickup with tinted windows or an older white pickup that has a loud exhaust.
Anyone with information on the identity of this suspect is asked to call the Robbery Tip Line at 918-527-0085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.