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Man with silver revolver attempts to raid pharmacy

West Midlands Police are searching for a light-skinned Asian man in his late teens or 20s

The would-be armed robber, described as having "distinctive eyebrows", fled empty-handed when he realised staff could not open the safe

Police have released CCTV images of a “bushy eye-browed” man who tried to hold up a Birmingham pharmacy with what appeared to be a silver revolver last month.

The suspect entered Hall Green Pharmacy on Stratford Road, Birmingham just after 8am on December 17, before pulling the gun from a blue satchel bag, West Midlands Police said last week (January 1).

He demanded cash, but fled empty-handed after staff told him they could not access the shop’s safe, police said.

Investigating officer DC Ben Allen said it is not clear whether the gun was genuine or a replica.

A pharmacy technician present at the time, who wishes not to be named, told C+D that staff were "very scared" during the incident.

"It was just a normal day, [and] some random person walks into the dispensary with a scarf covering most of his face, pulls out a revolver, and demands money," the technician said yesterday (January 4).

"We were very shaken up. I've never seen a gun in my life," they added.

Police said the suspect was described as a light-skinned Asian man in his late teens or 20s with “distinctive bushy eyebrows that slope sharply downwards at the side”. The man is just under 6ft tall and is described as being “softly spoken”, they said.

Anyone with information should contact Birmingham East Police's acquisitive crime team at Stechford police station by dialling 101, police added.


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Sami Khaderia, Non healthcare professional

It wasn't me officer.....!!!

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

The video clip only shows one more person other than the masked man. So how many staff were present ??

Simon MEDLEY, Community pharmacist

i'm more scared of a man with an axe raiding every pharmacy

Reeyah H, Community pharmacist

The article also fails to point out that there is a Post Office in that pharmacy. Perhaps that's why it was more likely to be targeted for cash.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Post office inside the dispensary ??? hmmmmmmm

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

As long as he didn't take the any meds or money. Oh yeah and of course no harm to staff(We know how owners care so much for their staff)

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

"""""A pharmacy technician present at the time, who wishes not to be named, told C+D that staff were "very scared" during the incident""""" ...... Where was the R.P ??? If not present then why the shop was open ????

Leon The Apothecary, Student

1) Article doesn't state that an RP was not on site. 2) Pharmacies are allowed to be open for two hours without an RP as per regulation. 3) Possible answers could include, going to a home visit, visiting a surgery, or grabbing lunch.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

1) That's why I said, sometimes the reporting makes me laugh. 2) So a RP is signed in at 6 am ?? 3) LUNCH just before 8am ?? As for the other reasons, even before a surgery is open or a patient is awake ?? Let's stop wrong reporting and making the C&D website less worst place than Dailymail.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

""""I've never seen a gun in my life""""........ so never seen a movie, never read a book or even ... never went to a school where the books do show Gun. It is tragic that the pharmacies are targeted with such heinous acts, but when it comes to reporting, people just make me laugh.

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