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Gunman robs Maui pharmacy, steals prescription drugs

Photo of suspect's jacket left at scene (Image source: Maui Police) Photo of suspect's jacket left at scene (Image source: Maui Police)
MAKAWAO, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

[Update:]

Maui police revealed new details about the violent armed robbery of a pharmacy on Tuesday in Maui. 

Police say the gunman wore a grey and green hooded sweatshirt when he held up the Makawao Town Pharmacy. Officials recovered it outside the store. 

On Tuesday, sources say the robber forces everyone to get down and then stuck his gun in one employee's back, demanding Oxycodone pills. 

After getting the pills, he ran off and remains on the loose. 

This is the third upcountry pharmacy holdup this year. 

If you have any information, call MPD. 

[Original Story:]

Maui police are looking for a man who robbed a pharmacy at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon. But he wasn't looking for cash. It's the latest in a troubling trend in upcountry.

These thieves are targeting prescription drugs, Oxycodone in particular, which is a very highly addictive pain killer.

Yellow police tape blocks off the entrance to Makawao Town Pharmacy in Upcountry Maui after three employees were held at gunpoint.

Sources say a 20 to 30-year-old male walked in through the front door around 1:00 p.m. holding a gun and ordered everyone to get down. They say the pharmacist, with a gun held to her back, was ordered to grab Oxycodone pills. The suspect then ran off with a bag and is still on the loose. According to police, he dropped his jacket as he fled the scene (photo at left or above if on mobile device).

It's the latest in a string of brazen pharmacy robberies in the upcountry area.

About a month and a half ago, Maui police released surveillance photos of a man wanted in a June armed robbery of a Longs Drugs pharmacy in Kula. Police say the suspect brandished a semi-automatic handgun and stole a significant amount of Oxycodone pills before running off.

In February, police also revealed surveillance images of an armed robbery at the same Kula Longs. A few days after that, police arrested 29-year-old John Naauao, Jr. Police say he jumped over the counter, pointed a gun at the pharmacist and demanded the pills.

It's unclear if any of the three robberies are related.

If you have any information, call MPD.

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