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SWAT team members get ready to enter the Thrifty White Pharmacy in Breckenridge Wednesday. Adrian Glass-Moore / The Forum
SWAT team members get ready to enter the Thrifty White Pharmacy in Breckenridge Wednesday. Adrian Glass-Moore / The Forum

SWAT team comes up empty-handed after reported pharmacy armed robbery in Breckenridge

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Fargo ND 101 5th Street North 58102

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. - Members of a SWAT team responding to a reported armed robbery in progress at a downtown pharmacy here surrounded the building at gunpoint for three hours late Wednesday afternoon before finding there was no suspect inside.

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Customers and staff of the Thrifty White Pharmacy at 126 5th St. N. evacuated the store about 5:30 p.m. after fearing a robbery was taking place, Breckenridge Police Chief Nate Harder said.

He said police responded within 30 seconds and closed down the building. Several law enforcement agencies began a prolonged stand-off on Fifth Street between Minnesota and Mendenhall avenues, believing that a robber could be inside.

As a crowd looked on, armed officers entered the building three hours later through a back entrance. They came out empty-handed.

"We cannot confirm a crime at this point," Harder said, though police are investigating a "person of interest" and will follow leads "well into the night."

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