The scene has played out four times over the past month at pharmacies in the northwestern Twin Cities suburbs:
A man walks up to the counter and tells the pharmacist that someone is holding his family hostage and will kill them unless he returns with painkillers.
He then shows a gun and hands the pharmacist a brown Cub Foods bag with instructions to put the narcotics inside the bag. With drugs in hand, he leaves the store on foot.
"We do believe it is the same suspect," said detective John Stahnke of the Coon Rapids Police Department.
The latest robbery happened Monday at a CVS Pharmacy at 10930 University Av. NW. in Coon Rapids.
Similar robberies have occurred at CVS Pharmacy stores in Robbinsdale on Nov. 11 and New Hope on Oct. 28 and at the Mainstreet Pharmacy in Osseo on Oct. 24.
In all four cases, the suspect is described as a white man in his mid-30s, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10, and 185 to 190 pounds.
In the latest robbery on Monday, the suspect was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt under a black jacket with the hood up over a dark-colored baseball cap. He was wearing light blue jeans and white tennis shoes, police said.
Anybody with information on the Coon Rapids robbery can call the police department at 763-767-6481 or the Anoka County Sheriff at 763-427-1212.
Anybody with information on the Robbinsdale, New Hope or Osseo robberies can call the Hennepin County Sheriff at 612-348-3744.
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