Promethazine cough syrup common denominator in Stockton robberies

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Security image released by Stockton police of two men suspected in Dec. 5, 2013 robbery at Calmont Pharmacy.

SACRAMENTO - Stockton police hope the public will help them catch robbers targeting area pharmacies seeking Promethazine cough syrup and/or pills.

In two of the crimes, the robbers have been armed. No one has been hurt.

Here is a partial list of the robberies and descriptions of the robbers:

• Dameron Hospital Pharmacy, Friday, Jan. 3 between 5:34 p.m. and 5:50 p.m.: Officer Joe Silva said two men, with guns, enter the pharmacy at 400 Acacia Street and yell "Get down!" One jumps the pharmacy counter but can't seem to find the drugs he's looking for so he steals cash out of the register, Silva said. Both individuals leave, forgetting a black duffel/gym bag behind.

The robber who went over the counter was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. He wore a black beanie cap, black gloves, gray sweater, black jeans, black tennis shoes with silver or white trim around the shoe and white laces.

The other robber was described as Hispanic and wearing a black hooded jacket or sweater with the hood up, dark-colored bandanna over his face, and dark blue jeans.

• Forty-Niner Drugstore, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2:15 p.m.: Silva said when officers arrived at the store's 900 N. Yosemite Street location, they noted the store's front window was smashed and bottles of Promethazine had been taken.

• Calmont Pharmacy, Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:10 pm. Two men went into the pharmacy at 2800 N. California Street and ordered everyone to the ground at gunpoint . One of the pair went behind the counter and stole money from the cash drawer, while the other ordered an employee to open the safe and then took thousands of Norco and Vicodin pills, Silva said.

The robbers put the pills and cash in a large black duffel or sports bag and fled before getting into a tan or peach-colored, two door older-model Dodge or Plymouth, possibly a Neon, with a curved / rounded body style (possibly late 1990s to early 2000s model), driven by the second man, witnesses told investigating officers.

The man who took the money was described as white or Hispanic, in his 20s or 30s, 5' feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall. He had an average build and light complexion. He wore a blue beanie, dark hoodie, blue pants, dark sneakers, and was armed with a black handgun and carrying a black duffel or sports bag.

The second individual was described as of an unknown race, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and heavyset, weighing 180 to 250 pounds. He was wearing a black ski mask, gray hoodie with white lettering on the front (hood pulled over his head), dark gloves, black pants and light-colored sneakers. He brandished a chrome handgun.

• Dameron Hospital Pharmacy, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, 12:05 pm: Silva said a man entered the pharmacy, jumped the counter, ran behind the pharmacy filling station, and began grabbing medications. The suspect went  back over the counter and fled in a green Chevy Tahoe.

Promethazine cough syrup was among the narcotics taken, Silva said.

The thief was described as Hispanic, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 180 pounds. He had green eyes.

Silva said police responded to another robbery in November and one in October in which Promethazine was taken.

The Stockton Police Department urged anyone with information about the crimes or perpetrators to contact the department at (209) 937-8377, the Investigations Unit at (209) 937-8323, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600. Callers can remain anonymous.



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