'Person of interest' in robbery in custody

By Lea Rizzo, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/27/16

SUMITON — A man armed with a shotgun stole medicine from Walgreens in Sumiton Sunday afternoon.

The robbery occurred around noon and police said the suspect was a white male believed to be in his late 50s or early …

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'Person of interest' in robbery in custody

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SUMITON — A man armed with a shotgun stole medicine from Walgreens in Sumiton Sunday afternoon.

The robbery occurred around noon and police said the suspect was a white male believed to be in his late 50s or early 60s.

Around 6 p.m. Monday, a ‘person of interest’ in the crime was taken into custody.

“We have a person of interest in custody that has been identified by victims ... both by facial recognition and by voice,” Sumiton Police Chief T.J. Burnett said Monday night.

The suspect entered the business with a shotgun he was using as a walking cane.

According to Sumiton Assistant Police Chief Kris Price, the suspect entered the store and approached the pharmacy area. He demanded that the pharmacy workers give him a certain kind of medication and laid his shotgun on the counter, pointing towards the employees.

After seeing the weapon, the employees gave the man the medication and he left the store.

Authorities have not released what type of medication the man was after.

Burnett said that there was no video of the parking lot, so it’s unknown what kind of vehicle the suspect was driving.

“There were a couple of people in the store, but it happened so quickly and nonchalant, they didn’t even know what happened. The suspect was in and out in no time,” Price said.

The Walgreens manager present at the time of the robbery was unable to comment on the incident.

Sunday’s robbery comes on the heels of 11 other Sumiton businesses being hit by burglars last weekend. Anyone with information about Sunday’s robbery should call Sumiton police at 205-648-3261.