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Reward For Peoria Pill Bandit Goes from $2,000 to $5,000

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The reward for the Peoria Pill Bandit has been upped from $2,000 to $5,000, because despite having a clear-as-day picture of this guy's mug, police still can't track him down.

Bandit -- if you're reading -- 2K may seem like chump-change but think of all the pills you could get with $5 grand.

The bandit has been linked to at least 12 pharmacy robberies in Peoria, Scottsdale, Glendale, Phoenix, Surprise and Tempe.

Police say the bandit's m.o. is to go into pharmacies, pull a giant kitchen knife out of a black binder, and demand prescription medications from the pharmacists.

His latest heist happened at the CVS at 8332 West Thunderbird Road in Peoria, where he walked into the store wearing a blue, hooded, Disneyland sweatshirt, pulled his knife, seemed to almost smile for the security camera, and made off with an undetermined amount of meds.

The suspect is described as 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing between 170 and 180 pounds, with brown hair. Police say he is estimated to be in his mid- to late-30s. 

Anyone with any information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-Witness (480-948-6377).

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