Man wanted for looking for prescription painkillers at CVS
STAMFORD — City police are looking for a man who talked himself into the back of two CVS pharmacies looking for prescription painkillers Tuesday afternoon.
Sgt. Robert Shawinsky said the first call about a suspicious person in a store came in the midafternoon when a manager of CVS at 66 High Ridge Road noticed a strange man in a pharmacist’s jacket in the pharmacy area.
Shawinsky said that same man had just appeared at the front of the store with a prescription looking for oxycodone pills, a powerful opioid painkiller often known by the brand name OxyContin, manufactured by the embattled Purdue Pharma. The man was turned down flat by the pharmacist, who easily spotted the phony prescription and was told to leave the store.
The man walked out the front of the store, but returned, sneaking through the back door. Once inside the store, the man found a white pharmacist jacket, put it on and walked behind the counter in the pharmacist area and into the aisles where the medications are kept, Shawinsky said.
But the manager of the store quickly spotted the man and confronted him, asking him who he was. The man left the store as police were being called. A count of drugs in the store was made and none appeared to be missing, Shawinsky said.
A short time later police got a call from CVS on Forest Street downtown. Police were told that a similar looking man got into the store and walked behind the prescription counter and told an employee that he worked in another CVS store and was told to work in the Forest Street store on Tuesday.
The man was confronted by another employee who thought that he was suspicious and told him to wait outside. The suspect left the store in an unknown direction before police arrived, Shawinsky said.
Police released surveillance photos of the man and are asking anyone with information on the identity of the suspect to call 203-977-4444. He is described as a white man with a medium build, about 35 to 45 years of age with black hair.