A Valley pharmacist is speaking out after his former store was robbed by suspects who police say have struck several times since last year.
Chris Griffee told ABC15 he was the pharmacist at a small store in the West Valley when he was robbed last October.
Griffee said the suspect went into the store and locked the door behind him before showing the staff a stun gun and demonstrating that it worked by turning it on behind the back of a co-worker.
The suspect also displayed a handgun.
Another suspect waited in a car outside the store. Police say the vehicle is a white 4-door Lexus with a partial license plate number of 398.
The suspect demanded and was given oxycodone, Griffee said.
Griffee said he has a friend who was robbed at another small pharmacy and eventually got out of the retail pharmacy business.
Griffee said he believes the suspects target small pharmacies to avoid having to make the long walk through larger stores to reach their pharmacies, and that in those stores there are more chances they’d be caught on surveillance video.
Police say the suspects have committed 12 armed robberies at small “mom and pop” pharmacies throughout the Valley since last July.
The most recent robbery occurred on April 5 in north Phoenix.
The Phoenix Police Department and Silent Witness are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests and prosecution of the suspects.
Anyone with information about the suspects or robberies is urged to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.