Police working several leads in Walgreens robbery

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - It took less than three minutes for a man armed with a shotgun to go into the Walgreens on E. Innes Sunday night, rob the pharmacy, then walk right back out the front door.

Captain Sheila Lingle told WBTV on Tuesday that while police have gotten many calls and some promising leads as to the identity of the robber, so far no one has been charged.

Lingle also went over the approximated timeline of the events of Sunday night.

6:39 PM: Man walks into Walgreens carrying a shotgun by his side.  He made no attempt to hide the gun, according to Lingle.  The man walked straight down one aisle to the pharmacy where he encountered two workers and two or three customers.

6:40-6:41 PM: The man orders the customer to the floor, jumps the counter, demands that a worker give him drugs.  The worker fills two bags and hands them over to the man.

6:42 PM: The man jumps through a window behind the pharmacy counter, back into the waiting area, then walks in a straight line out the front door.

At that point the assistant manager locked the door prohibiting anyone else from entering the building.  He then called 911 and told police he wasn't certain that the man had left.

Police responded within minutes, but did not know if the armed man was still there, and since the workers and customers were locked in a room inside, they weren't sure either.

Police took their time checking the building from top to bottom before concluding that the robber had indeed left.

Since releasing details of the incident and surveillance pictures of the gunman, police have gotten dozens of calls, and what Lingle calls "a few promising leads."

The gunman is described as a stocky white man about 6 feet tall.  He was wearing a bucket hat, camo pants, and a gray tee shirt.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.