No change in quest to find robbery suspect

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Police continue their search for a robbery suspect in Chatham after someone held up the Chatham Medical Place Pharmacy this morning.

He is described as white, between 5-foot-7 and 6-feet, with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a brown zipper sweatshirt with the words “Cross Over” on the front, and dark pants. Police say his face was covered and he was wearing glasses.

Chatham-Kent police report that shortly after 9 a.m., they responded to a robbery call from the 20 Emma St. business.

According to a police release, a man entered the pharmacy and demanded drugs. He made his escape along the bank of the Thames River.

The local police called in the OPP Tactical Response and K9 units to assist with the search. Det. Terry Marchand of the Chatham-Kent Police Service said using the OPP’s personnel was all a matter of availability.

“Our dog is in training right now,” he said. “They (OPP) have their own protocol on how many people they send.”

The tactical unit, led by the search dog, scoured Dover and Thames streets to the east of the robbery site trying to find the suspect.

At one point, they went up to the back door of a second-storey residence on Dover Street, before returning to their search between buildings and back down to the river.

They didn’t turn up anything and returned to their vehicles, which were parked at the corner of Dover and Victoria Ave.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Marchand at 519-436-6655.  Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

The Chatham Voice will have more details as they become available.

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