Police are calling it one of the most unusual armed robberies they've seen after a cross-dressing suspect who claims to be strapped with a bomb walks into an Overland pharmacy.
Overland Police Chief Michael Laws says it happened Saturday around 12 p.m. when a man dressed in a wig, a mask, and neon green gloves walked into the Medicine Shoppe on Woodson Road demanding drugs.
Surveillance images captured the armed robbery and an employee tells News 4 the suspect told the seven people in the store, including customers, to put their hands up and get into the bathroom.
“He threatened the employees and the customers with an explosive device,” said Laws. “They realized he wasn't kidding and they cooperated with him.”
Police said the thief got away with Vicodin and Hydrocodone. Surveillance cameras captured his escape on a bicycle.
“This was actually an unusual deal, he actually tried to rob two pharmacies on Saturday. He tried the Medicine Shoppe in Berkley two hours before this one but was unsuccessful. He actually looked it up on his phone to find the closest one,” said Laws.
The surveillance images led police to the home of 27-year-old Patrick Tipton. Police said he confessed and even told them what he used for the pretend bomb.
“A piece of PVC pipe, a piece of plumbing, like a pipe bomb, he said there was no explosive in it, it was just for looks in case anyone challenged him,” Laws said.
Tipton is now behind bars facing multiple felony charges.