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Woman tries to coerce narcotic from CVS clerk

GREENFIELD — Police are looking for a woman who told a CVS clerk someone would hurt her child if she wasn’t given painkillers.

The woman said her child was in a car in the parking lot, with a man who said he would hurt the child if she didn’t bring him drugs, according to Greenfield Police Sgt. Mark Williams.

She first brought hundreds of dollars in merchandise to the counter, and asked the clerk to fill a prescription for oxycodone (a generic name for the active drug in painkillers Percocet and Oxycontin), but the woman didn’t give a prescription or a name, said Williams.

As she exited, she said “God bless you. The next person who comes in here will have a bomb strapped to them,” but police don’t consider it a credible threat, Williams said.

Though she said a man and her child were waiting in a car parked in the lot, Williams said the woman left on foot, and two witnesses outside of the store said they saw a woman matching the description walking north on Federal Street and then down Abbott Street.

Williams said there was no way to confirm whether a child was in danger.

The suspect is a white woman with a black eye, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a red baseball cap, and baggy jeans, and could be seen on the store’s surveillance footage, said Williams.

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