SPOKANE, Wash. -- The rash of pharmacy robberies has the public asking what can police and pharmacies themselves do to discourage criminals from robbing them.
Pharmacists tell KREM 2 News they are worried that eventually someone is going to be shot or even killed because of these robberies.
Antonio Aguilar just left the pharmacy business said there is not a lot you can do to stop these criminals.
“We can tell them no but if they’re going to go ahead and flash a gun. It’s not worth your life,” said Aguilar.
Aguilar was a pharmacy tech for 5 years. He said management never considered hiring a security guard because the cost of protection far outweighs the cost of drugs.
Spokane Police said there is no plan now to start educating the pharmacy community on how to protect themselves. They do offer tips encouraging better surveillance video and making sure employees know how to get a good witness description.
Authorities also encourage employees not to be confrontational with the robbers.
GPS tracking systems are gaining popularity as a way to track the pill bottles.
Pharmacists said they feel like their hands are tied and they hope police can come up with a solution.