Mississauga pharmacy owner ‘shaken’ after store robbed for second time this week


Published April 7, 2022 at 3:39 pm

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The manager and part-owner of a north Mississauga pharmacy that was robbed this afternoon (April 7) for the second time in three days says the incidents have rattled her and her staff.

“I’m a little bit shaken and nervous,” said Jakleen Abdelmalak, who manages the Pharmasave/Lisgar Pharmacy at Ninth Line and Doug Leavens Blvd. that was robbed by three culprits just before 1 p.m. today (April 7).

Beyond being shaken up, Abdelmalak said she and her staff were not physically hurt either today or in Monday’s robbery.

In Thursday’s robbery, the manager/part-owner said three males, “maybe high school students,” entered the store and demanded drugs and money.

While the victims didn’t see any weapons, nor were any indicated, one of the culprits seemed to be “a bit violent,” said Abdelmalak.

They fled the store with some insulin and about $600, the manager added.

Peel Regional Police said the three culprits entered the pharmacy just before 1 p.m. and “removed a variety of property.”

They’re described as white, in their 20s, with slim builds, with one wearing a black hoodie and jacket and another wearing a black jacket.

One of the culprits has short dark hair.

In Monday’s robbery, police say one man entered the pharmacy just before 3 p.m. and grabbed “a quantity of items from within the store.”

He quickly fled the area with about $500, Abdelmalak said.

Police didn’t say what specific items the culprit fled with.

There were no injuries.

That man is described as being 19 to 21 years old, with a brown complexion, slim build and wearing black clothes.

This week’s incidents are the latest in a series of robberies that have targeted pharmacies in Mississauga, Brampton and surrounding municipalities over the past several months.

Without speaking to any specific incident, Peel police Const. Akhil Mooken said that “oftentimes when robberies at pharmacies occur, the offenders are looking for cash, products and, in some cases, controlled medication.”

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