Pharmacy robbery puts Ingleside schools in lockdown

(Newswatch Group/File)

INGLESIDE – Rothwell-Osnabruck school was put in a “hold and secure” lockdown this afternoon after an armed robbery in the area.

The lockdown happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and was lifted less than an hour later, according to the school’s Facebook page.

Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario Superintendent Mark Musca tells Cornwall Newswatch Our Lady of Good Counsel School – a block away from RO – was in a similar “hold and secure” but it too has been lifted.

In a “hold and secure,” all outside doors to the school are locked and people are not allowed to enter or leave the building. But classrooms are still open where students can move from room to room.

Provincial police say a man with a knife went into the IDA Pharmacy on Thorold Street around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

He confronted a staff member and got away with a quantity of narcotics.

Nobody was injured in the robbery, police say.

They are now looking for the suspect — a white male in his 40s, 5 feet 10 inches tall and he was wearing eye glasses.

Police say the suspect was unshaven and was wearing a forest green parka, black pants and black/white running shoes.

If you have any information you’re asked to call O.P.P. or Crime Stoppers.

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