By TIMOTHY LOGUE
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MIDDLETOWN — Two adults and two juveniles were arrested in connection with a mid-morning robbery Monday at the Elwyn Pharmacy.

Police have not released the names of the suspects, one of whom allegedly displayed a gun and demanded money from a cashier working in the front of the pharmacy at 194 S. Middletown Road.

According to a press release from Pennsylvania State Police, witnesses saw two males enter a vehicle on a nearby street. A police officer from Trainer spotted the vehicle a short time later, followed it into Chester, and initiated a traffic stop that resulted in the arrests.

A 16-year-old and 17-year-old from Chester and 29-year-old and 43-year-old from Philadelphia were taken into custody.

“We’ve been on the alert for this because of other robberies at independent pharmacies in the area,” said Joe Giorno, chief operating officer of Elwyn Pharmacy. “We had a lot of staff on and they reacted perfectly. They pushed the silent alarm and within a minute state police was there. It happened so quickly that it resulted in an arrest.”

Giorno said the robbers came in with “masks on and hoods up,” displayed at least one handgun and made off with approximately $100 from a register at the front of the store. “We were between shifts and had a minimum of 10 people on,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they saw all the people back there moving around and communicating and decided to get out of there. They never made it to the back of the pharmacy.”

Giorno said his staff was shaken up but unharmed.

“The most important thing is that everyone is safe,” he said. “Obviously they were scared but everyone is OK. We let them go home to be with their families.”

Delaware County pharmacies have become a popular target for thieves the past few months.

The Woodlyn Pharmacy in Ridley Township was robbed of cash and narcotics by two men on the afternoon of Feb. 19. In that incident, one of the perpetrators also held a gun to a female customer’s head and stole her iPhone. Continued…

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