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He tried to rob two pharmacies. Both times he left empty-handed.

TAMPA Police are looking for a man who failed to rob two pharmacies last week.

No one was harmed during the botched heists, but the man may be armed with a handgun, police said.

Detectives on Tuesday released surveillance video that showed the man inside the two pharmacies, located about mile and a half from each other. The man walks inside the stores holding a piece of cloth over his mouth.

In his first robbery attempt, he gave a pharmacy clerk at the Drug Shoppe on Armenia Avenue "a hand-written note demanding Oxycontin," said police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor.

The man, who did not speak, lifted his jacket to show the clerk "what appeared to be a black pistol," McGregor said. But the man left without any drugs.

Two days later, police said the same man tried to rob a CVS Pharmacy on W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. He again showed a clerk a black pistol, McGregor said, this time demanding hydrocodone pills. Again he left empty handed, police said, because the employee refused to give him drugs.

Detectives ask that anyone with information about these attempted robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, use crimestopperstb.com or send the tip through the P3 Tips Mobile application. Tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for a $3,000 cash reward.

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