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$10,000 reward offered after Citrus Heights Rite Aid robbed; 3 suspects sought

Rite Aid suspects
Police released several surveillance images of several suspects sought in connection with a Nov. 27 robbery at Rite Aid in Citrus Heights. // Image courtesy, CHPD

Sentinel staff report–
Police are seeking a trio of suspects who are sought in connection with a robbery of the Citrus Heights Rite Aid pharmacy on Auburn Boulevard Monday evening, releasing suspect photos and dramatic video showing an 86-year-old woman being knocked flat on her back by one of the fleeing suspects.

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In a news release issued Thursday evening, Citrus Heights police said a 911 call was received around 5:50 p.m. on Nov. 27 regarding the robbery, located at the Rite Aid store at the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Van Maren Lane. After arriving on scene, officers determined that three suspects had jumped the counter of the pharmacy and demanded prescription drugs. Police said employees feared for their safety and handed over “an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs.”

As the suspects ran out of the store, a security video shows one of them plowing over an elderly woman who was entering the store. Police said the woman was knocked unconscious after falling backwards on the ground.

Upon contacting the woman, police said she had no pulse and life-saving measures were performed by officers and Metro Fire personnel. She was transported to a local hospital and remains in critical condition, as of Thursday, police said.

Responding officers were unable to locate any of the suspects, following an extensive search of the area. All three suspects are described as black males, age 18-20.

Police said a follow-up investigation also showed the same suspects had “entered and cased another pharmacy” located outside of Citrus Heights prior to Monday’s robbery, although no robbery was committed at the other location.

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Anyone with information about the identity of the suspects involved is asked to contact the Citrus Heights Police Department at (916) 727-5500, or using the department’s anonymous tip line at (916) 727-5524. Police said the Rite Aid Corporation is also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the robbery suspects.

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