Police seek suspect in drug store robbery
Waupaca police are still looking for a woman who threatened to use a gun on employees in order to steal prescription drugs from Stratton Drugs.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, police were called to Stratton Drugs, 107 N. Main St., in response to a reported robbery.
Employees told police that a woman entered the store at closing time, demanding medication. She told the employees that she had a gun but she did not want to hurt anyone.
"She repeated she had a gun numerous times and she appeared nervous," said Detective Sgt. Brian Hoelzel.
Police Chief Tim Goke said no gun was ever displayed during the incident.
Hoelzel said there were three employees and no customers in the store when the woman entered. She told the employees that she wanted 100 pills of Alprazolam, a psychoactive drug used to treat panic and anxiety, and 100 pills of Lorazepam, used for the treatment of anxiety, seizures and the sedation of hospitalized patients. Employees gave the woman the drugs she wanted.
The woman also ordered all the employees to the back of the store.
"She told them to stay in the back until 6 p.m. because somebody with a gun was outside watching the store," Hoelzel said.
The suspect is described as a white female in her 40s or 50s, darkish red, possibly short hair, 5 feet 4 inches tall, thin, weighing about 125 pounds. Witnesses said the woman spoke like she was a heavy smoker.
The woman was wearing an U.S. Army veteran baseball cap, large sunglasses similar to those provided by an eye doctor after an exam, a surgical mask, gray sweatshirt, dark green jacket, red elastic running pants.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Waupaca Police Department at 715-258-4400.
Hoelzel said those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Waupaca County Crime Stoppers at www.waupacacountycrimestoppers.org or 888-258-9955.
"We're asking the general public for assistance with this investigation because the person who is responsible probably needs help," Hoelzel said.
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