Steelton pharmacy owner says armed robbery likely connected to others

Harrisburg

The owner of a Steelton pharmacy says his business was robbed at gunpoint this week, and he believes the holdup is connected to others in the area.

Chuck Kray, owner of Steelton Pharmacy and Gift Shop, says two armed men jumped over the pharmacy counter, showed their guns to employees, and took off with nearly 1,000 pills with an estimated street value of $21,000.

“The staff did exactly what they should. They complied with their demands and to get them some bottles from our narcotic cabinet,” Kray said.

Harrisburg police said three people with guns and masks robbed a Rite Aid in the 2100 block of North Third Street shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday. In that case, police said two of the robbers jumped the pharmacy counter, hit the pharmacist over the head with a gun, and fled with about 2,000 hydrocodone pills.

In August, Harrisburg police said three armed men stole narcotics from the See-Right Pharmacy in the 2600 block of North Sixth Street.

Investigators have not said whether any of the incidents are related.

“This, by our calculations, is the seventh or eighth,” Kray said. “A good friend in Harrisburg owns two pharmacies in Harrisburg and he’s been hit three times alone in the last three months.”

“It seems to be the same motive and method they’re doing everywhere right now,” he said.

Kray said he plans to install additional security cameras and he’ll limit the amount of Oxycodin kept behind the counter.

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