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Pharmacy Burglarized in Early-Morning Heist

Thieves make off with cash, pills during burglary.

At the crack of dawn, a thief or thieves smashed into a pharmacy and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and pills Tuesday.

Police were called just before 6:30 a.m. by a neighboring business to Trinity Pharmacy, 1335 South Grand Ave. The caller reported a window was shattered to the front of the business. Just as officers arrived the pharmacy's alarm company notified authorities of the compromised window, police said.

Officers entered the business and confirmed the pharmacy was burglarized, said Lt. Joe Ward.

The city has seen a recent increase in residential and commercial burglaries.

Two homes were burglarized within a short timeframe and within a close proximity of each other . Radio Shack in the 800 block of South Grand was burglarized twice in three days . An off-duty police officer from an outside agency reportedly detained two would-be home burglars at gunpoint in the 1200 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue .

This story will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Steven Hanson April 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Yes, Bill. There's a glitch and tech support has been working that. The only reason I know this is I e-mailed Hazel. I don't work for Patch so I was wondering the same thing since a couple of my comments never showed up!
Denise B. April 19, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Bill- I have just seen so many people get addicted to these painkillers after some kind of back surgery or for what they perceive to be chronic pain. Everyday people that you would not think would fall victim to this. Now you get a tooth fixed and they give you a prescription for Vicodin. What ever happened to taking an aspirin? I had minor surgery once and they gave me Vicodin that I did not use and like 3 or 4 people asked me if they could have it.... I was like "seriously". Some offered to pay like 150 bucks. Very disturbing. Anyway, the stories I hear from my bi-polar patients, who have a tendency to abuse drugs and become addicted, reminded me of how people you would never suspect of committing a crime would turn around and consider robbing a pharmacy to get these opiate medications. Didn't someone recently rob and kill like 6 people in a Maine pharmacy recently just to get their hands on Oxycotin? I agree with you the street value would make them worth stealing, but I also felt the fact they went straight for the Norco indicated it was for their own use. The Xanax, Vicodin, Percocet, Klonopin drugs are more easily marketed. You would have to be pretty hardcore to go for the Norco, but if you have a source you are stealing them for... Rush Limbaugh was paying big bucks to anyone that would provide him with the Oxycotin. BTW.... we have noticed that when people seek treatment for their mental illnesses they stop with the street drug use for the most part.
Denise B. April 20, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Frankly Bill, I was astonished more was not made of Rush and his positions on "drug addicts" considering what came out. I heard he went through that weekend rehab thing more than once where they put you under for two days to get the opiates out of the system. He lost a ton of weight and his hearing because of the addiction. It is not unusual for Oxycotin users to lose their hearing after long-time use. I guess he put himself in a different box in comparison to other "drug addicts" because his addiction was a result of back surgery or so he said. It is obvious with his weight problems that he has an addictive personality to begin with, but still...... what gall! I don't know about Glendora being out of control in this regard, but I would not be surprised by data that proved this to be the case. Since I advocate for people with mental health issues, I take into account that I am seeing much more of this than the average person would. We do know that many of our prisons are filled with people with mental health issues that just did dumb things. If we can get people diagnosed early and treated, like in high school when mental issues first begin to emerge, we may be able to avoid a lifetime of behavior that leads to being a non-productive citizen.
just a mom April 20, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Active addiction drives addicts to steal or do anything they need to in order to obtain the drugs. Anyone who thinks there is no drug problem in this town, just take a look at the live calls and arrest sections of our GPD website, a very large percentage involve infractions involving control substances. AKA drugs, The addict spends little time in jail, does not get treatment and the cycle continues, many times you can see the same person arrested over and over and over. We can not afford to be aware that this problem exits it affects us all in one way or another. We need to reach the children when they are young and be honest about the facts and where this choice can lead them.
just a mom April 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I meant to say we can not afford to be unaware that this problem exits, sorry just a mom not an editor

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