Howard County police searching for suspect in pharmacy robberies

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Howard County police are looking for a man they say robbed the Ellicott City Pharmacy in January, then tried to rob the same one last week.

Police said the man entered the pharmacy in the 9300 block of Baltimore National Pike at 2:26 p.m. on Jan. 23 and showed off a handgun in his waistband, forcing the employees to the rear of the business. He ran from the store after stealing various narcotics.

At about 9:55 a.m. on March 24, police said the same man entered the pharmacy, approached the counter and demanded various narcotics. The employee told him she had already activated the alarm, causing him to run.

Police believe he left in a dark gray minivan, which was seen on surveillance cameras. No employees or customers were injured in either incident.

Police said they are looking for a white male, six feet tall and about 230 pounds, with blue eyes. He wore a scarf over his face in both incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-STOP. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered.