Pharmacies finding themselves in robbers' crosshairs more frequently

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by Jonathan Costen - 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 5:50 PM

UPDATE 6/18:  Police have charged 25-year-old Matthew Anderson of Virginia Beach with robbery, abduction, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and wearing a mask in public in connection with the robbery on Holland Road.

Anderson is currently being held in the Virginia Beach City Jail on no bond.
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VIRGINIA BEACH -- Police in Virginia Beach need some help to find a robber who is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities say early Friday morning, June 13th, a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and toting a rifle held up a Walgreen’s on Holland Road.  Police say the suspect demanded drugs.

David Halla knows all about the dangers of encountering robbers.  Halla owns Gray’s Pharmacy on Hampton Boulevard in Norfolk. 

The veteran pharmacist told 13News Now when he was barely out of pharmacy school some 40-years ago, a robber shoved a gun in his neck while he was working at a store in Philadelphia.  But, he said the robbers demanded money. "I got out of pharmacy school, and the first drug store I was working for at night was held up by two guys with guns. Drugs wasn't the motive at that time - it was strictly cash. But that was kind of an eye-opener,” he said.

Halla said in the past drug addicts and dealers got drugs from the street but now they’re hitting pharmacists, “Drug stores are a candy store drug stores contain everything that everybody wants from uppers, downers across the board,” Halla said.

The pharmacist said he feels sorry for the younger people who are becoming pharmacists because he believes they will encounter more and more  desperate robbers.  But, what does he do for protection?  “For the last 40 years, I carry a gun. I carry a gun. I go to the range. I am programmed mentally that if my life or somebody else's life is in immediate danger, I will use deadly force and I will use it in seconds,” Halla said.

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