HARRISON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Three pharmacy workers were held at gunpoint and one was bound in a brazen robbery for drugs Wednesday, Harrison police said.
"They are fine. No one was injured," said Lt. Detective Terry Lowry. "They are shaken up."
Officers responded to Village Pharmacy on Harrison Avenue about 9:15 a.m.
Minutes earlier, two gunmen had walked in and pointed their weapons at the pharmacist, a pharmacy intern and clerk, Lowry said.
"They put them back in an area where all the medications are behind the counter, ordered them to the floor, rifled through the drawers and stole as far as we can tell so far Xanax, Ritalin and Oxycodone."
The suspects also checked the safe for drugs, but none were stored inside because the business is a small "mom and pop" type that simply doesn't need a large stock, Lowry said.
Then the men stole the owner's wallet and interns cell phone, bound the clerk's wrists with zip ties and put all three workers in a bathroom, he said.
They shut the door and ordered them to stay inside.
They fled the store seconds later.
One of the men dropped the wallet as he tried to stuff it into his hoodie pocket as he ran, Lowry said.
He accidentally kicked it, reached down and picked the wallet up.
The suspects got into a black Malibu-type vehicle and drove off.
They were last seen northbound on State Street toward Interstate 74.
Police later found most of the wallet's contents in a nearby alley, along with the intern's phone, but not the actual wallet.
The only thing missing is $20 or $40 in cash the owner said he kept tucked inside.
Police reviewed surveillance video from the pharmacy as part of their investigation.
They released a copy of it to FOX19 NOW at our request in the hopes someone watching it would recognized one or both of the suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Harrison police: 513-367-3715.