Police: Suspect robbed Detroit CVS twice, days apart

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit police are working to find a suspect connected to two late-night armed robberies at a west side CVS Pharmacy last month.

Investigators release images of man suspected in Sept. 22 and 28 robberies; person of interest also sought

In the first incident, the man walked into the business on the 10000 block of West McNichols at about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 and “produced a handgun and demanded money from the pharmacist,” investigators said in a statement.

Surveillance footage released Friday shows the suspect — clad in dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt with a Nike logo on the left side — leaning over a counter while ordering the worker to clear the register.

After the employee handed over a bag filled with an undisclosed amount of cash, the thief fled on foot, police said.

Exactly six days later, he struck again at the same store — possibly with help, investigators say.

In the second incident, a woman entered at about 4:05 a.m. Sept. 28, “walked around, then approached the counter to make a purchase,” officials said. While she stood there, the suspect came in about two minutes later, approached the counter then demanded a cashier and manager to take money from two cash registers, according to a release.

Security cameras captured the suspect, wearing similar clothing and black shoes from the earlier incident, pointing a gun at one of the workers and watching him empty a register. Nearby, the female customer — whom authorities are calling a person of interest — remained at the other counter as a second employee filled a plastic shopping bag with cash.

After taking the money, the suspect fled the location on foot, with the person of interest leaving the store a few seconds after him, officials said Friday.

“Detroit Police believes the person of interest may have information pertaining to this crime and the identity of the suspect,” the release notes.

Investigators release images of man suspected in Sept. 22 and 28 robberies; person of interest also sought

The person of interest is described as an African-American female with a light brown complexion. She was last seen wearing a vest, blue shirt, striped dress, light hat and light shoes.

A full description of the suspect was not available.

Anyone who recognizes the pair, knows their whereabouts or has information is asked to call the 12th Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-1240. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through the DPD Connect app, or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP.