On 12-17-13 at approximately 3:50 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at the Palco Pharmacy in Scotia. Responding deputies were advised that a subject entered the pharmacy wearing a hooded rain jacket and a hockey mask. The suspect approached the pharmacy staff, brandished a long barreled, large caliber handgun and demanded Oxycontin and Oxycodone. The suspect then fled the pharmacy and ran across the street where he got into a dark colored pickup and left the area at a high rate of speed, Northbound on U.S. Highway 101. Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, along with Officers from the California Highway Patrol, Fortuna Police Department, Rio Dell Police Department and a CHP helicopter responded immediately and conducted a search of the area for the suspect vehicle but were unsuccessful in locating it.
The vehicle is described as an early 90’s model Toyota extra cab, possibly dark green in color, with aftermarket black wheels and damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. It also has a white and black decal in the driver’s side upper corner of the front windshield, and a red decal in the lower corner of the passenger side rear window.
The suspect is described as male, approximately 5’6” tall, 150 lbs., blue eyes, wearing greenish brown utility pants, a green hooded rain jacket and a white hockey mask.
Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.