On March 15 in Tampa, a pharmacist is attacked and beaten for his drugs.
On April 8 in Palm Harbor, a woman leaving a pharmacy is knocked to the ground for her drugs.
People were shocked when we showed them the surveillance video.
“Oh, my Gosh!” said one.
“In broad daylight. That’s pretty crazy,” said another.
“They knocked her down!” said two elderly ladies.
“Oh, my God,” said one man.
When people watch the video, it makes their jaws drop, but no one is really surprised. Across the nation, and here in Tampa Bay, pharmacies and their customers have become targets, and detectives say Oxycodone and narcotic addicts will do anything to get a fix.
In the Palm Harbor attack, the suspect can be seen pacing back and forth in front of Trust Pharmacy on Highway 19. A woman walks out and the suspect immediately knocks her to the ground and takes her bag of prescription drugs. Passersby try and subdue the suspect, but he escapes.
But the suspect’s face is clearly captured on camera and detectives want to know who he is, reminding people to watch their backs.