Suspects sought in Petal Drug Co. heist

PETAL — Police are searching for two armed robbers who pulled off a midday heist Wednesday and threatened Petal Drug Co. customers and employees.

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The men, at least one of them carrying a pistol, entered the store on Old Richton Road around noon and ordered customers to the floor, interim Petal Police Chief Leonard Fuller said.

No one was injured in the incident and no cash was taken, according to police.

The men took prescription drugs from employees and fled in a store-owned automobile.

"(The employees) just wanted them out of the store, so someone gave them the keys to a delivery vehicle," Fuller said.

The Ford Escort delivery car was later found abandoned in a field near the intersection of Old Corinth Road and Fairchild Drive.

Police believe the robbers fled in another vehicle.

"We had tracking dogs that went after it for a while, but they lost the scent," Fuller said. "It went several hundred yards, so we think they might have gotten picked up."

Fingerprints and other crime scene evidence would take hours to collect and process, Fuller said.

Photos of the vehicle were taken at the location where it was abandoned.

The vehicle was then towed to a city impound lot for processing.

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