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Gretna pharmacy robbery happens just blocks from police headquarters

A nearby business owner said she'd like the men to be caught before they become even more violent. (Source: GPD) A nearby business owner said she'd like the men to be caught before they become even more violent. (Source: GPD)
GRETNA, LA (WVUE) -

Gretna Police are searching for two men who are suspects and a third who is a person of interest in the Friday evening armed robbery of a pharmacy.

The incident occurred 5:34 p.m. in the 500 block of Lafayette Street.

According to police, the victims said three men entered the business holding boxes.They walked up to the counter, pulled a handgun and demanded money, and specifically demanded that hydrocodone and oxycodone be placed in the boxes.

The men then ordered all of the employees into the bathroom. After about five minutes, the employees exited the bathroom and called 911.

Police believe they fled in a silver Ford Mustang.

"These two individuals came in heavily armed with semiautomatic pistols with extended magazines," said Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana. "They made their demands loud and clear."

"The persons in the pharmacy were extremely shaken by this," Christiana said. "The Police Department - I don't want to say we're taking it personal, but we are taking a very hard standpoint that it occurred in our backyard."

Gretna Police headquarters is just a couple of blocks from the crime scene, but because the employees were forced into the bathroom, there was a delay in reporting, allowing the men times to escape.

As for the person of interest, Christiana said he walked through the pharmacy sometime before the crime, wearing a shirt that said "Kush keeps us so high."

A nearby business owner said she'd like the men to be caught before they become even more violent.

"It's just, they don't care," said Brenda Knecht. "They just walk in your neighborhood, and if they see it, they want it, they'll take it. Don't care, and there's always police cars patrolling. Always. Just brave. They're just brave."

The pills are worth thousands of dollars on the street, he said.

If you have any information that could help police, you are asked to call the Gretna Police Department at 504-366-4374 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

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