Robber Wanted Painkillers, Not Cash
It's security video of a brazen armed robbery that police say is part of a growing trend. A trend where robbers forget about the cash and hope their jackpot lies in what can be a dangerous prescription drug. Surveillance video showed a man quickly walking out of the Walgreens in Northwest Gainesville on Sunday morning. In the video, the man can be seen jumping the pharmacy counter and striking the pharmacist with what he believes was a gun. Police said the robber then demanded every bottle of Oxycontin and Adderall in the store. Some say the temptation of Oxycontin can be too much.
"Others who use little bits of it for long periods of time become so dependent that their life's focus is getting and using those drugs. People will do anything to satisfy those urges," said UF Pharmacy Professor Paul Doering.
It is unclear if the man is from the area or merely stopped off I-75 to commit the crime. To see the security video and more, watch the video to your right.