Locked safe foils armed narcotics robbery at Oakville pharmacy


Published October 3, 2023 at 3:30 pm

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An an armed narcotics robbery of an Oakville pharmacy Tuesday night (Oct. 2) went awry when thieves couldn’t get a locked safe to open.

Two men, armed with a knife and hammer, entered the Shopper Drug Mart on Cornwall Rd. around 8:20 p.m. and proceeded to the rear of the pharmacy where they demanded staff open the safe where narcotics are stored.

“Staff informed the suspects that the locked safe was on a time-delay which would prevent it from being opened,” Halton said Regional Police, who are investigating the attempted robbery. “The robbery attempt was unsuccessful, and the suspects fled the pharmacy while the safe was still locked.”

The first man police are searching for is described as a white male who is approximately five-foot-six tall. He was wearing dark clothing, a back face mask, and was armed with a knife.

The second male being sought is a black male who is approximately five-foot-10. He was also wearing dark clothing and a black face make. He was armed with hammer.

Both men fled in a dark coloured SUV.

As of last March, the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) requires all community pharmacies to implement the use time-delayed safes for securing narcotics.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777, ext. 2216.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through their website at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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