Armed men get cash from West Valley CVS Pharmacy; may be connected to two other area robberies

Two men robbed a CVS Pharmacy in West Valley City, Sept. 10, 2016. One suspect brandished a firearm at the cashier and fired a shot when another employee startled him. Police think the two may be connected to two other area robberies the same day. Photo: Gephardt Daily

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Sept. 11, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Police are looking for two suspects who robbed a CVS Pharmacy late Saturday night.

West Valley City Police Lt. Steve Burke said two dark-complected or black males walked into the CVS Pharmacy at 3148 W. 3500 South at about 11:55 p.m.

“They picked up some various items,” Burke said, “went to the counter like they were going to pay for them, and when the clerk opened the till, one produced a firearm and demanded money.”

The clerk took the cash drawer out and put it on the counter. One of the suspects grabbed the money from it.

As the two suspects were about to leave the store, they were startled by another employee, and one of the suspects turned around and fired a shot.

Burke said the shot went into the floor within 2 to 3 feet of the employee. The employee was uninjured except for a minor cut on his finger, either from a piece of the round or from a nearby display.

It wasn’t immediately known how much cash was taken.

Burke said the suspects’ clothing and description in the CVS robbery match the suspects in a robbery at a Subway shop earlier Saturday. A detective is looking into it and police will be comparing the videos from both locations. They have also gathered evidence and will be processing that as well, Burke said.

A third robbery took place Saturday in Salt Lake City, and police are looking for a red car that was involved in that incident. No vehicle was seen in the Subway or CVS robberies, Burke said, although the clothing and description were similar, so it’s possible all three cases are related.

Burke cautioned, “They look like they’re stepping up their violence, so let’s remember that money is not worth someone’s life.”


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