Petal robbery could be larger operation

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PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Calls are still coming in to the Petal Police Department about Wednesday afternoon's armed robbery at Petal Drug Company, but so far no suspects and the crime could be linked.

"Our detective division is working extremely hard to follow up on the matter," said police Sgt. Matthew Hiatt.

Hiatt said two white males, one with a gun, went into the pharmacy demanding prescription drugs. With pre-made restraints, Hiatt says the two men tied up 5 employees and 1 customer before getting away with an undetermined amount of Oxycotton, Lortab and Adderall.

"I'm sure of the exact figure, but I know street value it would be well into the six figure digits," said Hiatt.

Their get-a-way car was the pharmacy's delivery car, which police later found abandoned ,and after some police work, Hiatt said there could be more to the story. The robbery could be part of a much larger operation, even crossing into other states.

"It may be a larger broad than what we initially thought," said Hiatt.

Other drug stores have also been hit, a similar robbery with the same M.O. happened in Wayne County about a month ago. Now other state agencies are getting involved. The FBI has also been tapped.

"We may be looking beyond the scope of just the general public," said Hiatt.

Fortunately, no one was hurt during the robbery, and police said they are following every lead possible.

"I would certainly encourage the public to continue to call in anything that they may have seen, any suspicious activity through vehicles or persons walking no matter how minute they might think that might be it could be very helpful to us," said Hiatt.

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