SMC Sheriff’s Office seeks help finding man who robbed Millbrae Walgreens for drugs

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help identifying a man who robbed a Walgreens pharmacy in Millbrae on Sunday, Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

The suspect in the case is also similar to a man wanted in San Francisco who robbed at least six pharmacies in The City since Thursday.

In the Millbrae robbery, the suspect reportedly entered the Walgreens located at 45 South El Camino Real about 8:40 p.m. and loitered in the aisles for a bit before approaching the pharmacy counter and demanding the pharmacist give him pain pills, Rosenblatt said. He then lifted his sweater and showed that he had a handgun in his waistband.

The pharmacist complied and turned over multiple bottles of pain medication. The suspect placed the drugs in a bag and exited the store, running westbound toward a neighboring Lucky supermarket.

The suspect was reportedly wearing a black San Francisco Giants baseball cap, a red sweater and a black scarf wrapped around his neck, Rosenblatt said. He is believed to be an Asian man in his mid-20s, about 5-foot-9 with a medium build.

A man with a similar description robbed at least six pharmacies of drugs at gunpoint in San Francisco on Thursday and Friday, except in those incidents police said the suspect was dressed up like a clown.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Detective John Carrol at (650) 259-23-13 or email him at jcarroll@smcgov.org. Anonymous tipsters can call (800) 547-2700.

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