MANATEE — Authorities are investigating a hold -up at a local drug store this afternoon during which a man implied he had a bomb.
Just after 1 p.m. the man reportedly entered the Walgreens at 1504 53rd Ave. E., approached the pharmacy counter and told a clerk he had a detonating device, said Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow.
"The suspect demanded Oxycontin, implied he had a bomb under his clothing and said he would set the device office he didn’t get the drugs,” Bristow said.
The suspect eventually fled the store in an unknown direction.
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As of this afternoon, detective were investigating if the suspect got away with any pills.
Witnesses said although he implied he had a bomb, no one saw any type of device.
The suspect is described as standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing about about 170 pounds. He has brown hair and was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, Bristow said.
Anyone with information about the holdup can call the sheriff’s office at (941) 747-3011.