Man armed with knife demands narcotics from Markham pharmacy employee

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Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit are seeking public assistance in identifying a suspect following a pharmacy robbery in the City of Markham.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, shortly before noon, a male suspect entered a pharmacy located in the area of Steeles Avenue East and Hillcroft Drive. The suspect approached employees, armed with a knife and demanded narcotics. They complied and the suspect fled with a quantity of drugs. The store employees were not physically injured.

Suspect description:

• Male, white
• 40 to 50 years
• 6’, 200 lbs.
• Wearing a grey hoodie, dark pants and dark aviator-style glasses

The investigation is ongoing.

York Regional Police continues to warn the public about the dangers associated with the recreational use of illegal drugs, especially fentanyl, as people may not know the risks associated with this drug. The following is a link to a video produced by York Regional Police that provides further information on the dangers of fentanyl and how it is being used in many common recreational drugs:

Investigators from the Hold-Up Unit remind business owners of the importance of maintaining and updating video surveillance equipment. Quality images help to identify suspects, can aid in arrests and have a tremendous impact during court proceedings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at, or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.