Friday, August 23, 2013
For the third time in recent months, burglars have targeted a Salina prescription shop.
Each time, the burglars do hundreds of dollars of damage to get inside and then take just one kind of item: a prescription syrup that contains the painkiller Codeine.
Salina Police say the most recent burglary at the B&K Prescription Shop on E. Iron Avenue happened Friday at about 4 a.m. They say officers responded to a burglary alarm and found a window next to the front door had been smashed out with a brick and a rock.
Surveillance video pulled from the store shows two white men, with bandanas covering their faces, climb in through the broken window. They waste little time once inside and head straight for where the store has its stock of Promethazine.
"They appear to go right to that, grab it, and leave," said Lt. Scott Siemsen of the Salina Police Department.
Siemsen says the two men left with two plastic pint-sized bottles of the prescription drug. The bottles have a value of about $40.
The destruction they left behind, though, is much more expensive. The damage to the store is estimated at about $450.
Managers at B&K declined to speak to KAKE News.
For police, the burglary is like deja vu.
"We had one back in May and one in July that was a similar type of loss as well and a similar method of entry: breaking a window out," Lt. Siemsen said.
Police say it's likely the men are stealing the codeine for it's narcotic value.
That's unsettling to Rosa and Michael Comeau who live right across the street with their 2-year-old son.
"To me, it seems like it's just a matter of time before it happens elsewhere," Michael Comeau said.
The Comeau's home was already broken into back on the Fourth of July. They say they can't imagine themselves or the shop having to go through that traumatic experience again.
"As a neighborhood, we should keep an eye out and watch the place and help out as much as possible to try and catch these guys," Comeau said.
You can help, too, by giving Salina Police a call. You can also send Crimestoppers a tip online or by calling 785-825-TIPS. You can also text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637).