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Police search for woman in pharmacy armed robbery


John Paul Schmidt

Western Drug is shown at 123 5th Ave. Monday afternoon, shortly after it was robbed by a woman who remains at large.

A Havre drugstore was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon, and police are still looking for the suspect.

Employees at the Western Drug store on 5th Avenue were held at gunpoint by a woman who is said to be around 5-foot tall with a slender build and wearing a green hoodie with a New York emblem and a red bandana across the lower portion of her face.

An employee at the store called police at 12:59 p.m. Monday after the woman, armed with a handgun, went inside the store and demanded prescription narcotics and cash.

After the robbery, the pharmacy closed for the rest of the day as police tried to locate the suspect.

The pharmacy reopened this morning.

Havre Police Lt. Aaron Wittmer said around 8:30 a.m. this morning that no arrests had been made. He added that the police are still tracking down a few people and talking to several people who may know about the robbery.

Wittmer said a member of the public had reported they were following a suspected vehicle, but when officers stopped the vehicle in question, it was not the right one.

The person who said they were following a subject vehicle was at 7th Avenue and 5th Street behind two similar vehicles, one the suspect vehicle and one not, Wittmer said. The person chose the wrong vehicle and Wittmer made a felony stop of the vehicle, but found it was not the person they were looking for.

A felony stop includes officers making a motor vehicle stop and giving the driver and passengers verbal commands, handcuffing them and searching them for weapons.

The suspect vehicle is either a green or blue 2000-model minivan, police said.

Wittmer said once the police get a copy of the Western Drug surveillance tape, they will release photos of the suspect.

The Hill County Courthouse and the annex locked down temporarily Monday as part of the county's policy.

Other pharmacies were notified of the robbery and advised to take precautions. All other drug stores remained open.

Wittmer said the Tri-Agency Drug Task Force may be involved in making some house searches, but it is mainly just a Havre Police investigation now.

He added that the police may be going to a different community soon to continue the search.

Anyone with any knowledge of the robbery is asked to call Havre Police at 265-4361.


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