Weiner police searching for pharmacy break-in suspects

WEINER, AR (KAIT) – The Weiner Police Department is looking for two people who broke into a local pharmacy this past weekend.

The burglary occurred early Sunday morning when two people apparently pulled up to the store and smashed one of the front doors at Weiner Pharmacy, located at 212 N. Van Buren Street.

Surveillance cameras captured what police say appears to be a man and a woman running into the store and snatching bottles of prescription medications.

Despite the police investigation, pharmacy staff got back to business as usual on Monday.

"It's kind of part of the business. You deal with it," said Kimberly Miller, a pharmacist at Weiner Pharmacy. "You know there are people out there who are just going to do things regardless of what you do."

Miller began working in Weiner almost three years ago, and this incident marks the second time she has seen the pharmacy burglarized.

"We have signs on the door that say you're not going to get anything basically, but they still come in," she said. "You just try to take care of your customers and so we just make sure that we've got ourselves stocked with the things that our customers really need."

Miller and the store's owners have cleaned up and have started restocking the shelves, but some places appear almost bare in the back of the pharmacy.

That's the area that the two burglars targeted Sunday. They apparently drove up, smashed the front door and then began to snatch bottles at random.

"They got blood pressure, heart medicine and et cetera," said Rolland Geror, the Weiner police chief. "They didn't any controlled substance. It's all locked up in a safe. There's a big sign on the door if somebody could read it, but evidently they didn't read it."

Geror and his officers are now using footage recorded by the store's surveillance cameras to try and find the suspects, who appear in the grainy video wearing hooded sweatshirts.

Geror says there are few leads at this point, but his officers did receive several credible tips on Monday morning.

"It's just a matter of time before another pharmacy gets hit," he added. "As quick as this was done, these people kind of knew what they were doing to be in and out of there in 40 seconds."

Until the suspects are caught, the pharmacy says all it can do is continue serving its customers.

"We do our best to try to take care of them on a daily basis," Miller said, "and that's what we're concerned about and that's all we want to do is let our patients know that everything is fine. We can still fill their prescriptions, and we're going to take care of them."

The Weiner Police Department is now offering a $500 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of these unidentified suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call Weiner police at 870-930-4162 or Weiner City Hall at 870-684-2284.

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