12,000 Pills Stolen From Salina Pharmacy

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Salina Police are looking for a man who stole more than $16,000 worth of pain killers from a pharmacy early Monday morning.

Investigators hope somebody recognizes the clothing and mannerisms of the man whose image was captured by surveillance cameras inside Jim's Pharmacy, 582 S. Ohio, early Monday and calls police. Lt. Scott Siemsen said the man broke a window on the south side of the pharmacy then went inside to steal the prescription drugs and about $2,000 in cash.

The pharmacy's owner, Rod Smith, said the security alarm at the business was not working properly when the suspect broke in.

"They were in about 20 minutes," Smith said of the burglary. "Since the alarm didn't go off, they sort of took their time."

Smith believes that malfunctioning alarm is why the suspect was able to get away with so many prescription pain killers.

"They took their time," he said. "They knew what they wanted and they got quite a bit."

Siemsen said police are investigating whether the same suspect may have been involved in other Monday break-ins at a veterinarian's clinic and a dentist's office and another dental clinic break-in early Tuesday.

"Because the similar nature of the business and the proximity, they very well could be connected," Siemsen said.

He also said more people may have been involved in the pharmacy burglary, but only one person is seen in surveillance video from the business.

At the pharmacy, Smith said this is not the first time something like this has happened.

"On the average, I get robbed about every five years," he said. "You can sort of just set a calendar to it, but it's getting more frequent now. It's been about a year and a half."

While the stolen pills have been replaced and business has continued as usual, Smith is still frustrated by the burglary.

"It's very, very frustrating," he said. "You work so hard and then you have these people come in and destroy your property. It takes a lot of hours to report this and it's very frustrating. Very frustrating."

Siemsen asks anybody who knows anything about the burglary at Jim's Pharmacy or any of the other break-ins on Monday and Tuesday to call Salina Police at 785-826-7210 or Crimestoppers at 785-825-TIPS.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Police say someone stole more than 12,000 pills of various pain medications from a Salina pharmacy.

Lt. Scott Siemsen says the theft occurred at Jim's Pharmacy during a burglary early Monday. The medicine was valued at over $16,000.

Siemsen says someone used rocks to break a window at the pharmacy. Surveillance video shows a person wearing a camouflage coat and mask entering the store and stealing the pills and cash. The total loss was estimated at $18,167.

The thief stole Diazepam, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Fentanyl and Hydrocodone.

The Salina Journal reports Siemsen said a break-in at Salina Dental might have been related to the theft. A window was broken at the business but nothing appeared to be missing. Damage was estimated at $200.

See the surveillance video from the pharmacy break-in below:

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