WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 pharmacy robberies

Two West Seattle pharmacies have been robbed in the past three days. The first one happened around noon Saturday at Bartell Drugs in Jefferson Square. We haven’t been able to obtain the police report yet but a store employee told us via email that the robber was “an armed Black male, about 5’7”, in dark clothing and a medical mask.” We do have the initial police report on a robbery at 12:25 pm today at Rite Aid in Westwood Village, describing the two robbers there “as two Black males, thin build, 5’5″ and 5’10, both wearing dark clothing, and one carried a black Adidas gym bag. One displayed a handgun.” The report says the two “jumped the pharmacy counter and demanded oxycodone from the pharmacist.” They were given “an unknown amount of pills,” police say, and left. No arrests reported yet.

10 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: 2 pharmacy robberies"

  • M February 15, 2021 (6:48 pm)

    I thought those drugs were on a locked timer to prevent this type of thing? When are we going to address the drug problem we have in Seattle? I don’t ever hear any real talk from our elected officials. I really believe it’s the root cause of 95% of all the issues our city is facing. 

    • StopCuttingDownTrees February 15, 2021 (9:49 pm)

      Look at HB 1499. It passed committee today in Olympia. If passed, it would turn the entire State into Seattle’s chaotic drug anarchy.

    • WTF February 15, 2021 (10:36 pm)

      “…don’t ever hear any real talk from our elected officials.”  

      And, you never will.

      Vote wisely.

    • E February 16, 2021 (1:35 pm)

      Time delayed safes just endanger pharmacy staff further. Then pharmacist has to wait while it opens. Not the solution.

  • 1994 February 15, 2021 (9:20 pm)

    hope the store security cameras or parking lot cams can help identify them

  • Junction Lady February 16, 2021 (5:24 am)

    Scary happenings inside retail stores!  Alarming to see such brazen theft…potential threats to employees and shoppers!  Drugs and guns 🚫

  • Big Bird February 16, 2021 (8:01 am)

    In situations like that the pharmacies should have “dummy pills” That look lie the real deal but are only sugar tablets. Also because pharmacists work in a potentially dangerous environment they should be protected as if they were a bank teller. 

    • East Coast Cynic February 16, 2021 (10:44 am)

      I’ve been to that particular Rite Aid and the pharmacy counter appeared to have protective glass covering much of the counter.  However, when one is confronted w/ a gun, your instinct may be to give the gun holder whatever it wants.

  • HappyOnAlki February 16, 2021 (12:06 pm)

    One around noon and the other at 12:25? Are these The Lunch Hour Robbers?

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