Rite Aid worker robbed of cash deposit

Suspect hit by truck as he fled

By Lindsey Erdody Published:

A female Rite Aid Pharmacy employee was robbed in the parking lot of Eastwood Shopping Center late Wednesday afternoon.

The woman was taking Rite Aid’s deposit to the bank when a man jumped her, stole the deposit and fled on foot, Frankfort Police Lt. Ken Hopkins said.

A navy-colored truck near the back of Rite Aid then struck the man, described as a 5-foot, 8-inch to 6-foot older white male with a scraggly gray beard.

The man got up and fled after being hit, police said. The truck driver and one other witness saw the suspect wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt underneath a green jacket.

Frankfort Police got the call at 3:48 p.m. and shortly after 4 p.m. six police vehicles surrounded Rite Aid and nearby Whitaker Bank.

A K-9 unit was dispatched with two officers to search for the suspect for about an hour, but was unsuccessful, Maj. Fred Deaton said.

Hopkins said it’s unknown if the suspect had weapons or how much money was stolen.

Deaton said the woman was treated for injuries at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers at 502-875-8648 or on frankfortcrimestoppers.com.

Anonymous tips can also be texted by typing FCS and the message to 274637. Crime Stoppers may pay up to $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.

This is the second robbery in two weeks at the pharmacy.

Around closing time on Dec. 21, two masked men entered the store and tied up two employees with zip ties.

At least one of the suspects had a handgun, and they fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

One suspect is described as a 5-foot, 10-inch white male with a thin build. He was wearing a green Carhartt jacket, dark pants and a camouflage mask. He was armed with a black handgun.

The other suspect is described as a 5-foot, 8-inch heavyset white male wearing a tan coat, dark pants and a black mask.

Rite Aid, the pharmacy’s parent company, is offering a $5,000 reward in addition to up to $1,000 from Frankfort Crime Stoppers for information leading to arrests in that case.

Rite Aid is also offering an additional $5,000 reward for information on Wednesday’s robbery.

Deaton said it’s unusual for a corporate company to offer rewards like this.

“We’re hoping that someone out there has some information and this will perhaps motivate them,” Deaton said.

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  • If they used Whitaker Bank, they could just step out the front door and be right there! (Yes, I know individual stores can't choose what bank to use.)

  • I know a lot of stores will wait till an officer can drive by outside to get in the car. They are busy but sometimes there will be one in your area. They don't have to stop. Yes, daytime deposits are the safest. Have several employees walk the person out in front of the store? That way they are in their car and start out of the parking lot. Also at least 2 people should go!

  • Sounds like they need a drop-safe and pickups from an armored truck...there must be a lot of Red Tape to get truck service.

  • I suppose it is a good sign that the last two robberies weren't targeting the drugs. The caption on the picture is wrong. The dog is leading him, not vice-versa.

  • FPD facebook page says white male.

  • WKYT is reporting the suspect is a black male???

  • Rule#39 applies here........Different robberies one night, one daytime, green jacket white male...Wittness will say a weapon was used. bet it was a black handgun.....

  • Not making any accusations, but the suspect's description sounds alot like someone I've seen in the area quite a bit...I'm sure everyone has.

  • It appears that somebody knows a lot of details about about the security & daily functions of this place. Just too strange.

  • So much for the unarmed guard they have in the store now.

  • Wasn't this Rite Aid robbed in the last week or so?

  • C'mon, 1713, you're disappointing me...