EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSARMED ROBBERY
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Putnam County Pharmacy Is Robbed At Gun Point
Reported by: Katy Brown
Videographer: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Katy Brown
Reported: Nov. 14, 2012 10:28 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 14, 2012 10:46 PM EST
Buffalo , Putnam County , West Virginia
Tuesday night, right before closing time, Jackson Noel, pharamcist and manager of Buffalo Drug, became a victim of armed robbery.
"I've been a pharmacist for 22 years and I've worked down in Boone County and there's been a lot of pharmacies around me that gotten robbed but it's never happened to me"
He says he was closing up shop when what he thought was a last minute customer greeted him with a gun.
"I'd just locked the safe. And was just as I was closing the door I heard the back door alarm go off, that somebody was coming...As I headed up this way the robber was standing right there, had his gun, two hands at Diana then myself back and forth and he was demanding that we get down on to the floor," Noel said, "I sat down in the floor and he said 'I want Opana.'"
Noel grabbed the Opana from the safe and handed it to the robber. But Noel was not sure whether the situation was real or not.
"I thought it was a guy playing a joke on us. I mean he was standing right there and I was looking at his gun thinking 'Is that real? Is this really happening?'"
Fortunately no one was hurt in the robbery. But then again Noel said he never really felt a threat.
"I never really got the feeling he really wanted to hurt us. As a matter of fact, on the way back there I heard him say, 'I'm sorry. I've got a problem. I just want Opana.'"
Since the robbery, Noel plans to up security at Buffalo Drug and hopes to prevent another situation like Tuesday's.
"You got to do something. You can't just be a sitting duck out there for a situation like this."
Putnam County deputies are actively looking for the suspect.
Noel says the robber was a thin and average height male. He was wearing a black hoodie and black hat. He also had a bandana across his face
If you have any information about who might be involved, contact Putnam Sheriff's Office at 304-586-0256.
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