Authorities: Masked gunman robs another North Tahoe pharmacy |

Authorities: Masked gunman robs another North Tahoe pharmacy

This is a composite sketch of the suspect.
Courtesy PCSO |

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Authorities are asking for help in identifying a man suspected in several armed robberies of regional pharmacies, including two at North Lake Tahoe.

The most recent robbery occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, when a masked gunman entered the Rite Aid at 8245 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was wearing a light-blue surgical mask, according to PCSO, and he demanded Norco (a painkiller containing hydrocodone) and methadone (a medication often used to reduce withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin and other opiates).

After receiving the pills, he left on foot.

Authorities suspect the same man robbed the pharmacy inside the Sierra Market in Colfax, Calif., on May 1. He was wearing a surgical mask and asked for the same pills.

According to PCSO, he also is suspected in the March 24 armed robbery of the Village Pharmacy in Incline Village, and another pharmacy robbery in Reno.

No one was hurt in any of the robberies.

The gunman is described about 6 feet tall with dark hair.

Anyone with information about the Kings Beach robbery is asked to contact PCSO Det. Sage Bourassa at 530-581-6322.

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 should call Placer County Crime Stoppers at 800-923-8191 or visit

For the Incline Village robbery, contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 775-328-3320.

To remain anonymous and earn up to a $1,500 cash reward, contact Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.