Cops hunting for pharmacy-robbing trio

Bitter pills: Police say these three have stolen thousands of dollars in cash and drugs from area pharmacies since Aug. 16.

Police are searching for the trio of toughs who robbed four pharmacies of cash and drugs over the last two months. The bandits have made off with more than $1,000 in cash and $4,000 in prescription pills, officials said.

• Two of the suspects hit an Avenue T pharmacy in Mill Basin at 10:20 am on Aug. 16, threatening an employee with a handgun and demanding cash and drugs, police said. An employee at the store, which is between E. 58th and E. 59th streets, handed over $150 in cash and $4,000 in drugs, including opioid Oxycodone and stimulant Ritalin, officials said.

• Then all three crooks robbed a Flatbush Avenue cigar shop in Flatlands on Sept. 1. The threesome busted into the store between Baughman Place and Troy Avenue at 4:20 pm, waving a gun in the clerk’s face and making off with $300 in cash, five cartons of Newport cigarettes, and 10 packages of rolling papers, according to authorities.

• The three struck a pharmacy at the corner of Quentin Road and E. 36th Street in Marine Park on Sept. 8., pointing a pistol at the staffer at 3 pm and fleeing with $300 in cash and two bottles of Oxycodone.

• The nogoodniks held up a Utica Avenue pharmacy in East Flatbush on Sept. 13. All went into the drug store between Snyder and Tilden Avenues at 5:15 pm, one of them took out the gun and demanded money and cell phones, and the store employee handed over $300 in cash and two phones, according to authorities.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477 or for Spanish, (888) 57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

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