‘They seemed very professional:’ Pharmacist tied up during armed robbery

Pharmacist tied up and robbed

POWHATAN, Va. (WWBT) - Two armed robbers are on the run after tying up a Powhatan pharmacist in his own store and stealing a load of prescription drugs.

Despite the ordeal, pharmacist and Powhatan Drug store owner Rick Pelletier is remarkably composed, after all that happened to him Monday morning.

Many of Pelletier’s customers stopped by just to check in on him after hearing the news.

“Thanks for your concern. Everything’s fine,” Pelletier said to a customer who called the store to see if he was OK.

The Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office said two men entered Powhatan Drug at 2105 Academy Road at 8:40 a.m. July 15, one of whom displayed a gun.

Surveillance images show the suspects, both of whom are wearing tan pants and a blue-green shirt, and the SUV used as a get-away vehicle. Pelletier said both men wore masks and gloves during the heist.

The Powhatan sheriff's office are looking for two men accused of an armed robbery at a Powhatan drug store. The men wore nearly identical clothing during the heist. The pictures on the right are the two suspects and the larger picture is one of the suspects with the get-away vehicle in the background.
The Powhatan sheriff's office are looking for two men accused of an armed robbery at a Powhatan drug store. The men wore nearly identical clothing during the heist. The pictures on the right are the two suspects and the larger picture is one of the suspects with the get-away vehicle in the background. (Source: Powhatan County Sheriff's Office)

"They seemed very professional,” Pelletier said. “They were asking for narcotics. They took all the narcotics and stimulants.”

The thieves stole drugs like Oxycontin and zip-tied Pelletier before they left, taking the security camera video with them.

Pelletier wasn’t harmed and says he’s actually survived worse.

“I got carjacked delivering a prescription at one point. And I’m a cancer survivor as well,” he said. “It’s just part of the job. You always anticipate that. I love what I do.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 598-5656.

The Powhatan Sheriff's Office is looking for three men in connection with an armed robbery a pharmacy.
The Powhatan Sheriff's Office is looking for three men in connection with an armed robbery a pharmacy. (Source: Powhatan County Sheriff's Office)

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