Cops Seek Help to ID Farmingville Pharmacy Robber

Man arrested in CVS robbery

mugsSuffolk County Crime Stoppers and Sixth Squad Detectives are asking the public for help in identifying and locating the person pictured on the right in connection with a robbery at the CVS pharmacy Farmingville Sunday, exactly one week after a gunman walked into a Medford pharmacy and fatally shot four people before leaving with a backpack full of prescription pills.

Detectives said that an unidentified man entered the CVS on Horseblock Road at approximately 12:15 p.m., approached the pharmacy service counter and inquired about the availability of specific prescription items. The man then left the store.

The suspect returned shortly after and handed a pharmacy employee a note that contained a threat and demanded prescription drugs and cash. The employee complied with the demand and the suspect fled the scene on foot.

The man is described as a white male with a thin build, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and in his early 20s. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a white and red baseball hat and dark-colored pants.

A week earlier and only a few miles away David Laffer allegedly walked into Haven Drugs in Medford and killed two employees and two customers before leaving with a backpack full of unspecified prescription painkillers, police sad. The killings were caught on security camera.

Laffer, 33, and his wife Melinda Brady, 29, were arrested three days later. Police said that Laffer went into the store and killed the victims while Brady waited outside in the car.

The employees killed were 45-year-old pharmacist Raymond Ferguson of Centereach, and his 17-year-old assistant, Jennifer Mejia, of East Patchogue—who, instead of graduating from Bellport High School on Thursday, was buried on Friday. The two customers were 71-year-old Bryon Sheffield of Medford and Jamie Taccetta, 33, of Farmingville.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5000.00 for information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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