Pill thieves strike again

Published 12:53 am Tuesday, June 3, 2014

For the second time in four months, Darby’s Pharmacy owner David Darby was boarding up the doors on one of his buildings over the weekend following a late-night break-in.

Darby said alarms at his pharmacy location on East Three Notch Street were tripped at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday and thieves made off with an undisclosed amount of prescription medication. The incident marks the second break-in of the year at a Darby’s location and the third Andalusia pharmacy break-in since February.

While officials with Andalusia Police Department declined comment, Darby said the incident on Saturday seems unrelated to a burglary in February at his location on South Three Notch St. Darby added, however, that in both instances, specific medications did seem to be the targets.

“They were after different things (this time),” Darby said. “But, (both times) they knew what they were after.”

Darby said, much like the incident in February, the intruders did little damage inside the building Saturday, opting instead to grad the medications and flee the scene.

“They didn’t do any real damage inside,” he said. “They knocked over a bottle on one of the shelves and that was it.”

Darby said he was surprised the store on East Three Notch St. was targeted, even though the intruders entered through a side door.

“I never thought this location would be a problem,” he said. “Sonic was packed (when the break-in occurred). Even at one in the morning, it’s well lit here and visible to traffic.”

In May, the Fred’s Pharmacy location on South Three Notch St. was also burglarized, with that incident taking place just before 10 p.m. At that time, APD Lt. Barney Tyree said a large quantity of narcotic medications were taken from the pharmacy.

Darby said both recent pharmacy break-ins may be a testament to how far some will go to get their hands on prescription medication.

“That break in at Fred’s surprised me too,” he said. “That building is just a few blocks away from the police station.”

Anyone with any information into any of the break-ins is asked to call the Andalusia Police Department at 334.222.1155.