Durant store owner held at gunpoint during armed robbery

Published: May. 23, 2017 at 6:31 PM CDT
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Serving customers from throughout the Quad Cities, Westfair Drug in Durant has been around for several decades. Ron Spiva took ownership after his father-in-law retired nearly 20 years ago.

"We are an extremely busy pharmacy," Spiva said. "There are days where we are filling prescriptions about every two to three minutes solidly for nine hours."

When Spiva first took over the business, his father-in-law gave him a piece of advice; if the store or its employees were ever in harms way, he urged Spiva to remain compliant.

"Everything you have is insured but people's lives, so give them what they want, be very nice to them, do everything they ask you to do and get them out of the building as quickly as you can."

Spiva hoped he'd never have to use that piece of advice, until Monday afternoon when a middle-aged man entered the store.

"We think maybe 20 minutes he was just looking around, he would pick up products look at them like he was going to buy something."

Spiva said the man approached him at the pharmacy counter demanding the medications, Adderall, Vyvanse as well as cash while holding a gun just a foot away from his face.

"I was extremely calm because he was extremely calm, he didn't yell at me he was talking in a very low voice, very quiet."

Spiva said he gathered the medicine and petty cash in the register and the man fled the store minutes later. According to police, this wasn't the suspect's first stop. Authorities said a man, matching the same description, entered Miss Molly's Antique & Collectibles early that afternoon and displayed a firearm while demanding cash from the cashier.

"It upsets me that they are picking on small businesses," Spiva said.

Spiva said the suspect stole $100 in cash and nearly $3,000 in medication from his store. As police continue to search for the suspect, Spiva said he is considering adding cameras for extra security. Police said the description of the man is a 35-year-old African American male. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Tipton (563) 886-2424 or Durant Police Department (563) 785-6049.