Man Takes Unconventional Approach in Downtown Robbery Attempt

WHEELING – Police said a man attempted to rob the CVS pharmacy in downtown Wheeling this morning by passing the pharmacist a handwritten note that claimed he would use a gun if he did not receive prescription pills.

The man, who remains at large, entered the CVS on Market Street around 9 a.m. today and proceeded straight to the pharmacy counter at the rear of the store. He then passed the pharmacist a note requesting specific narcotic prescriptions, according to Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball. The note also advised that the man had a gun, and “someone would die” if he did not receive the pills, Kimball reported.

The pharmacist calmly told the suspect the store did not carry any of the pills and returned the note to him, Kimball said. The suspect promptly turned around and exited the store before heading south on Market Street.

The entire interaction was caught on video, Kimball noted. He said the suspect never presented a gun, nor made any movements to give the impression he was holding one. The exchange was not confrontational, Kimball advised, and may have lasted less than a minute.

“This guy wasn’t agitated, excited or hyper,” Kimball said of the suspect. Officers scoured the downtown area, but were unable to locate the man.

Police described the man as a white male around 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build and a blonde goatee. He was wearing gray cargo pants, a black hooded jacket and a dark blue bandana over his head.