Pharmacy thieves at large

Thursday, April 17th 2008, 7:09 pm
By: News 9

By Gan Matthews, NEWS 9

They strike by night, and Oklahoma City police want to expose them to the light of day.

A team of serial burglars with a prescription for crime breaking into metro pharmacies.

Many businesses have a first aid station. If we need prescription drugs we go to a pharmacy and then store the medicine in our cabinets at home. But some serial burglars have decided to do their drug shopping in the wee hours of the morning.

They've burglarized the Walgreen's Pharmacy near INTEGRIS-Baptist Medical Center five times since December. Each time they get away with a large amount of narcotics.

"There's a large amount of Lortab Hydrocodone, pills along those lines, obviously very strong narcotics," Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Gary Knight said. "You're looking at a large number of burglaries, a large number of narcotics, obviously when you're talking about that number of narcotics; you're talking about drug sales."

A security camera caught them the last time they broke into a Walgreen's in February. Two men are visible, but next to impossible to identify.

"The view of the faces is not good," Knight said. "But we're hoping that somebody will at least recognize the clothing they have on or the way they carry themselves."

If you can help Oklahoma City police identify the burglars, call the Crime Stoppers line at 235-7300.