Men Claim to Have Gun, Rob Parsippany Pharmacy, Cops Say

Duo allegedly steals $300 from Lake Hiawatha's Rite Aid early Sunday evening.

Two men—one claiming to have a gun—robbed a North Beverwyck Road pharmacy of $300 early Sunday evening, Parsippany Police said.

Two men entered the Rite Aid Pharmacy and approached a cashier at the front of the store Sunday at about 5:50 p.m., according to police.

Police said one of the men told the cashier he had a gun and demanded money from the register. The employee opened the drawer, allowing one of the men to reach over the counter and take cash, police said. Police said the men fled the area on foot with $300.

No weapon was displayed during the incident, police said.

Both men were described as white with a similar thin build, about 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 and they were believed to be in their early 20s, police said. One man was wearing a grey hooded-sweatshirt with “Tapout” written on the chest and the other was wearing a black baseball cap and a black sweatshirt, police said.

A search of the area for the two men was unsuccessful, police said.

The pharmacy, located at 480 N. Beverwyck Road, is less than a mile from Kazumi Sushi, 81 N. Beverwyck Road, where a Parsippany man allegedly stabbed his 34-year-old wife to death late Friday night.

Anyone with information about the robbery should contact the Parsippany Police Department at 973-263-4300 or via Crime_Tips@parpolice.com.

Brett Bickley October 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
...... Almost 24 hours later? Not exactly "breaking" ...... Though I wondered what was going on yesterday at that time. Between my house and Food Town I counted 7 squad cars racing all over the neighborhood ......
newsprint October 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
The police couldnt find a donut hole in a box full of munchkins. Hey, but lets applaud them anyway.
VietNam Vet October 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
If the Police did a little more Patroling they may catch someone, but this town is geeting a little unsafe for anyone. I think { an I may be wrong} but if the economy continues to go south with this idiot muslim at the helm, we are going to see much more of this all over the area. We need more jobs and I don't mean part time McDonald's type of jobs. This idiot considers someone working at Micky D's a few hours a day, a full time job, well I don't think these people making $ 7.25 per hr. a good salary to pay their bills with.
Mike P October 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Let's see. In the past month Parsippany has seen a murder, a few bank robberies, an armed robbery, numerous store and home break-ins, a spray painted swastika, and a couple of herion overdoses. And that's just what comes to mind. Maybe the mayor should make more police promotions. We already have enough patrol officers.
VietNam Vet October 09, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Mike, I think your right, we need more Capt.'s or Lt's to sit up in their offices. The mayor is doing a great job of keeping the citizens here real safe. Don't you feel safe here? This town is starting to get as bad as NYC and Newark with everuthing going on. I think we need to start thinking about a new Mayor in this town. With the crime on the rise and over taxing us with the sewer and water account, it time to replace this guy.
Louis Yuliano October 09, 2012 at 12:13 PM
less chiefs more indians.....parsippany is almost 20 patrolmen/women were it should be...this issue needs to be addressed
Pete October 09, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Parsippany -- The Place to Be --- NOT !!!
lorraine steinheimer October 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
adding 29 more police ??? i think not do you realize what that would do to your taxes considering the benefits that would entail ? we have 100 + police already..i no longer see any walking the streets where the problems are occuring
Louis Yuliano October 09, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Yes I do know the costs associated with hiring more police officers. We used to be at 113 officers. We are well under 100 so I don't know who told you that we are over, I work for the town myself. The last promotion of one officer becoming captain could have had given us 5 more patrolman. Patrolmen don't get to bring home cars like captains do. These cost are figured into the amount the town can hire not just salary. We can have those officers back on the street if we get to the right number. The department is spread to thin. One of the biggest reasons in my un professional opinion is becasue we have to many uniformed officers performing administrative rolls inside the police department. These jobs can be done by less paid, non union, workers who are not police officers. This can save costs on benifits. Who needs to be a armed secretary or spokesperson.
Mike October 09, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Stop promoting police officers just because they are friends of someone. Leave them on the streets where they belong. Why is there a need to put more guys inside when they are needed outside!
VietNam Vet October 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
The mayor can take the increase out of the sewer account that we have been over paying on by the millions{ Over 7.2 million to date} that should cover it. We need to put more Ploice back on walking the beat like years back, cops stopped at businesses just to check on them if they were still open, and the others they checked to make sure the doors were locked for the night. Today its all about riding around in the cars and sitting 2 or 3 cars together throwing the bull around for awhile, let them get out there and earn the big money they are paid in this town. In Lake Hiawatha you never see patrol cars come down the streets unless someone called or its a new cop and he got lost somewhere.
VietNam Vet October 09, 2012 at 11:55 PM
In this town when I first moved here we used to have Specials or Marshall's on the job that did some of this work so the cops could be elsewhere and then if they were needed they were called in. What happened to them? Worried about spending to much money, this town wastes more money on FREE perc's to other town workers like FREE cars to people who live down the shore, but they are a first responder so we have to give him a free car, by the time he got here in case of an emergency, its already over with. We have the town Admin. getting a free car as well, what is she responding too?
Suzanne Linda October 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
YEA, Has anyone Seen that "Armed Guard" Who Stands outside that BANK OF AMERICA Everyday, (right there, next to RITE AIDE???)..... I Finally Asked the guy "What are you doing Everyday Standing here", He told me that His Job is just that "To Stand There and GUARD the BANK". LOL...( He is Usually Standing Right between RiteAide AND the Bank.)
Chris October 11, 2012 at 05:54 AM
And I bet you if the cashier took out a gun of his own, those two would have gone running! People have to protect themselves! What is going on around Pars??? So many crimes going on. The police need to get off the side of the road and actually do something.
Mrs. K October 11, 2012 at 03:59 PM
There are still Specials, they patrol the school areas in the evenings. You can see them in the old blue and white cars.
Mrs. K October 11, 2012 at 04:10 PM
How does promoting a person to Captain, which is a less then $10,000 a year increase in grade and eliminating a Lieutenants position pay for 5 patrolman??? The department is in the hiring process, it takes time. How can taking the patrolman out of the "administrative roles" and out on patrol save on benefits? If you replace them with secretaries, you still have to pay them salaries and benefits. Benefits cost the town the same, police officer, secretary or mayor. You don't think that if there is something going on in town, those officers who work inside do not go out and assist??? Every town has a public information OFFICER. To call these officers armed secretaries is an insult.
VietNam Vet October 11, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Mrs. K what good are the specials doing around the schools, when the crime is happening uptown, if you going for a ride around the town, you'll see a few patrol cars sitting next to each other just throwing the bull for awhile. I have seen sometimes 2 and 3 patrol cars park by the parks side by side and the same thing around town in other areas. What are they doing but having coffee?
Mrs. K October 11, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Did you know that there was a homeless man living in the woods between Eastlake school and Lanidex plaza this summer???? Do you know how many kids are at Eastlake, or any of the schools during the summer and evenings playing basketball or hanging out on the playgrounds??? Their parents aren't always around. I live directly in front of Eastlake, their are ALWAYS kids their, mostly unsupervised. Sgt.'s are on the street, going to jobs, before the end of their shifts, they need to review and sign off on reports for the men who are directly under them. If it is busy, they will meet up "side by side" to facilitate that since sometimes they can't make it back to headquarters. And before you ask, I come from a family full of cops.
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