Employees of Rite Aid in Paulding turned customers away shortly after a robbery at the pharmacy Thursday afternoon. Police are still searching for a man who claimed to have a gun then demanded prescription medication. (Photo courtesy of the Paulding Progress)
Employees of Rite Aid in Paulding turned customers away shortly after a robbery at the pharmacy Thursday afternoon. Police are still searching for a man who claimed to have a gun then demanded prescription medication. (Photo courtesy of the Paulding Progress)

BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

egebert@timesbulletin.com

PAULDING - Authorities in Paulding County have a manhunt of their own to perform after a pharmacy in that city was robbed Thursday afternoon.

This suspect is described as a white male between 5-7 and 5-10 with a thin build and brown hair with some facial hair. He entered the Rite-Aid Store, 1000 N. Williams St. in Paulding around 1:27 p.m. and went to the pharmacy counter. The suspect haded the employee a note demanding prescription drugs. The note also stated that he had a gun, but police say no actual gun was shown during the robbery.

The man was given some prescription drugs and exited the building through the front door. He was seen getting into a gold or silver Pontiac Grand Prix or Grand Am which was parked across the street. Another male was seen driving that car. The vehicle headed north on U.S. 127 before turning west of County Rd. 176.

According to witnesses, the suspect was wearing black shoes, a grey zip-up hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans with a dark blue stitched pattern on one leg and a red-stitched pattern on one of the back pockets.

Once police arrived, the store was closed off to customers so that the investigation could begin. Anyone with information about the suspect or the robbery should contact the Paulding Police Department at (419) 399-3311.

This is the latest manhunt in the region. The Mercer County Sheriff's Office is still looking for Daniel Charles Martin in the shooting death of a Rockford woman on Nov. 8. Martin is described as a black male, 40 years of age. Martin's vehicle was found abandoned in Fort Wayne, Indiana.