MRU Wyckham Pharmacy a recent victim of robbery
By Mikaela Delos Santos, Web Editor
On Dec. 22, 2021, the Wyckham Pharmacy located at the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University’s (SAMRU) Wyckham House was a victim of a robbery. Mount Royal University’s (MRU) Security Services and the Calgary Police Services are still actively investigating this case.
Since this investigation is still ongoing, no information about the suspect or suspects are being released yet.
Thomas Yeung, the pharmacy manager for Wyckham Pharmacy, says that the thieves took some medications and cash. Several other people were in the store during the incident but none were harmed. Yeung says that the situation was surprising since it happened on campus.
“[I’m] really sad for the individuals who have brought themselves to that point where they feel like this is okay.” Yeung said when asked about the incident.
Yeung adds that he is still processing the incident and is appreciative of the support from the student body and the MRU community. “It’s unfortunate [but] it is what it is… [I’m] thankful that no one got seriously injured.”
MRU Security Services Manager Manesha Sidhu said, “We’re working with the pharmacy and Wyckham House to come up with some other security implementations that could avoid these things in the future.” Sidhu also added that this process is also in collaboration with the Calgary Police.
She says some of these implementations may include updated security features such as cameras, duress buttons and access control cards.
In a November 2021 report by Global News Calgary, Calgary Police have issued a warning about back-to-back incidents of pharmacy robberies.
Acting Detective Anthony Thompson of Calgary Police says that “…typically they would target the smaller, independent stores.”
MRU Security Services refused to speculate whether the incident is related to the recent string of pharmacy robberies that have happened in Calgary in the past few months.