The criminal tends to give the pharmacist a bag and demand it be filled before he can count down from ten; customers in the stores have been assaulted, or just terrified. The robberies, which last anywhere from 37 seconds to two minutes, have struck fear into the hearts of local apothecaries: one has hired an armed guard, another is keeping its doors locked, and undercover police are now patrolling the neighborhood's drugstores. One pharmacist believes the thief is an addict, which means he's bound to return once his supply runs out.
During one robbery, the thief ran first into a hardware store whose entrance was directly next to the neighboring drugstore's; he didn't realize his mistake until he'd made it a few feet into the shop, in his face mask, hood and gloves.
[via Sheepshead Bites]