Masked gunman robs Lake Wylie Pharmacy

cmuccigrosso@lakewyliepilot.comMay 12, 2014 

Crime scene tape surrounds Lake Wylie Pharmacy Monday morning after an armed robbery.

CATHERINE MUCCIGROSSO, LAKE WYLIE PILOT Buy Photo

— York County officials are investigating an armed robbery Monday morning at the Lake Wylie Pharmacy on S.C. 49.

Investigators with the York County Sheriff's Office say a masked man with a gun robbed the shop just after 9 a.m. The gunman stole an undisclosed amount of pharmaceuticals and then fled the scene, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Trent Faris.

No one was injured, and the pharmacy has since reopened.

A K-9 unit was brought out to help with the investigation, but lost the scent. Officials described the suspect as a white man, about 5'10" with a slim build. He was wearing all black and a mask covered his face.

Larry Meek and wife Michelle opened Lake Wylie Pharmacy in January 2012 at 221 Latitude Lane, suite, 109, in Shoppes at the Landing. The 1,500-square-foot space includes a drive-thru window.

Meek worked at the Lake Wylie CVS Pharmacy for almost 15 years. His wife worked for Revco in Clover for 10 years before staying home to raise their two children.

Jack Allen, postmaster of Lake Wylie Post Office, has owned businesses since the late 1970s in the Lake Wylie area. Four doors down from Lake Wylie Pharmacy, Allen said being in the pharmaceutical business these days has risks.

"Today, I'm not surprised," Allen said. "I feel sorry for Larry; that's not the way to start a week."

As for the safety of his employees, Allen said, "That'll always make you worry."

But Linda Watkins, co-owner of Echo Attic which opened in January in Shoppes at the Landing, said "I still feel safe. We have security measures in place."

Southeast Sports & Rehabilitation next to CrossFit Lake Wylie opened April 1 at 221 Latitude Lane, marking the first time the center has been completely full. Plans for Shoppes at the Landing were first released in 2005.

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