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Burglars hit 3 pharmacies in less than 2 hours

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Jonesboro police say it took burglars less than two hours to break into three pharmacies.

At 1:45 a.m. Thursday, Officer Casey Moore responded to a burglary alarm call at Camp’s Medical Pharmacy, 4109 E. Johnson.

When the officer arrived, he found the front glass door shattered and a concrete brick wrapped in a woman’s blue spaghetti-strap tank top laying on the floor.

Surveillance video showed a car pull into the store’s parking lot at 1:28 a.m.

A minute later the suspect looked through the door, then backed away, wrapped the brick in the shirt then threw it through the door.

The suspect, described as wearing a black hoodie with black pants, black shoes, and a red bandana then entered the store carrying a sports bag.

Cameras showed the suspect run to the back of the pharmacy and look for drugs to take, Moore reported.

A few seconds later, the suspect ran out the front door.

The store’s owner, Donna Camp, told Moore the suspects stole 500 mirtazapine tablets, 150 tizanidine tablets, and 30 anastrozole.

“They didn’t get away with anything they really wanted because I don’t think he could see,” said Camp.  

The pharmacy has never been broken into but Camp says she figured it was only a matter of time after seeing others recently burglarized. 

"It's actually sickening, there was glass everywhere and just the thought of somebody coming in your business after hours it's very scary," Camp added. 

Approximately one hour later, Moore and Officer Paul Williams responded to a burglary alarm at Walgreens, 1328 Red Wolf Blvd.

When Williams arrived, he found the front door shattered. He also located a light-colored brick and a woman’s white and brown-striped spaghetti-strap shirt among the broken glass.

Surveillance video showed two suspects approach the storefront at 2:44 a.m.

One of the suspects wore a black hoodie, black pants, white shoes, black gloves, and a red bandana. The other suspect wore a gray hoodie, black pants, black shoes, black gloves, and a yellow bandana.

After breaking the bottom pane of the door, both subjects entered and ran to the pharmacy then immediately turned and ran back out of the store at 2:45 a.m.

The report did not say if the burglars took anything.

At 3:37 a.m., officers responded to yet another commercial burglary call Soo’s West End Pharmacy, 619 W. Nettleton. 

When Officers Trey Chism and Austin Morgan arrived at the scene the found a red brick laying in pile of broken glass.

Surveillance video showed two people approach the business at 3:01 a.m.

One of the suspects wore black pants and a black hoodie, the other wore black pants and a gray hoodie. Both wore masks and gloves.

While one watched for traffic, the other pried open the front gate.

One of the suspects then threw a brick at the door handle, breaking the brick. The suspects, according to Chism's report, picked up "some type of cloth that the brick was wrapped in and walked off" in the direction they had come.

Twenty minutes later the subjects returned to the front door and broke out the glass. They then entered the store and took various drugs, placing them in a duffel bag.

“Well obviously they want certain kinds of narcotics or other sorts of drugs that they can’t obtain legally,” said Jonesboro Police Department Public Information Officer Paul Holmes. “If they can’t obtain them legally then their next effort is to try to steal them, they may be for their own consumption, they may be for resale on the street, maybe a combination of those things.” 

Anyone with information on any of these burglaries should call Crimestoppers at 870-935-7867 and leave an anonymous tip.

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