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Robber sought in Placer County pharmacy holdups

Placer County sheriff’s officials released a composite sketch of a man believed to be linked to six recent pharmacy robberies.
Placer County sheriff’s officials released a composite sketch of a man believed to be linked to six recent pharmacy robberies. Placer County Sheriff’s Office

Placer County sheriff’s officials have released a composite drawing of a robber in recent armed robberies at pharmacies, the most recent in Kings Beach.

The man struck for the sixth time July 16, at the same pharmacy robbed two months earlier, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

On May 16, a man wearing a surgical mask robbed the Rite Aid in Kings Beach. But during the most recent robbery, his face was exposed, sheriff’s officials said. He was described as Caucasian with olive skin, clean-shaven, with a clear complexion. He had black or dark brown hair with some gray. His hair flipped up behind his ears and around his neck. Witnesses described him as 30 to 45 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a thick build and an accent.

While his clothing has varied in different robberies, he consistently has worn either a ball cap or a fishing-type “boonie” hat, sheriff’s officials said.

In each robbery, the man concealed a handgun in his pocket and partially showed it to the pharmacist. He was said to be calm, talking normally as he asked for methadone and other drugs. After he was given the medication, he quickly walked out of the store and left the area.

Sheriff’s officials said the man may be linked to other armed robberies of pharmacies in Colfax, Reno and Incline Village.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Detective Sage Bourassa at 530-581-6322, or the Sheriff’s Office Tahoe City Investigations unit at 530-581-6320.

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