Philadelphia man robs pharmacy because of 'sick child,' hands cashier note: 'You have 15 seconds'

Philadelphia police are looking for a man who claims he robbed a pharmacy last week because he had “a sick child.”

The Philadelphia Police Department released surveillance footage of the robbery taken on Jan. 3 around noon inside a Rite Aid on Ogontz Avenue.

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The Philadelphia Police Department released surveillance footage taken on Jan. 3 at around 11:57 a.m. inside a Rite Aid on Ogontz Avenue that showed an unidentified male wanted for robbery. 

The Philadelphia Police Department released surveillance footage taken on Jan. 3 at around 11:57 a.m. inside a Rite Aid on Ogontz Avenue that showed an unidentified male wanted for robbery.  (Philadelphia Police Department)

In the video, the unidentified man, believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, enters the store and appears to be shopping. He approaches the cashier with an item in his hand but, instead of paying, he hands over a note that reads in part, “Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds.”

The suspect reaches into his pocket and leans over, prompting the cashier to open the drawer and put the money in a plastic bag.

He walks away briefly before returning for the rest of the cash.

“Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds.”

— Suspect's note

The suspect made off with an undetermined amount of money, police said, then fled on foot north toward 75th Street.

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He is described as black, 5 feet 10 inches, with facial hair, wearing a gray hoodie, jeans and prescription glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Northwest Detective Division at (215) 686-3354.