$1,000 reward offered in pharmacy break-in case

Burglars hit Jonesboro pharmacy again

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - 3:20 p.m. UPDATE: Tracy Mooneyham with West End Pharmacy and other independent pharmacists in Jonesboro are offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest of the persons responsible for the recent spate of pharmacy burglaries, police said Tuesday.

Anyone with information on the break-ins can call Jonesboro Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

Police said it took three burglars less than 10 minutes to break into a Jonesboro pharmacy and run out with bags of drugs.

At 1:10 a.m. Monday, according to the initial incident report, officers responded to an alarm at Soo's West End Pharmacy, 619 W. Nettleton.

Dispatch told Officer Kiandra McCain that two subjects with flashlights were seen running toward Flint Street near the Jonesboro Kindergarten Center. However, when she arrived at 1:20, she was unable to find anyone.

McCain did find the store's metal security door open and front glass door shattered. She and another officer cleared the business before notifying the owner.

Surveillance video, according to McCain's report, showed three people dressed in dark-colored hoodies and sweatpants, approached the store around 1:12 a.m.

One of the suspects, wearing all black and a yellow bandana on his face, popped the lock off the metal gate with a crowbar. The other two subjects then ran up to the door.

The video showed all three run into the store and go behind the cash register.

Two of the subjects, according to the report, went to the back shelf where the liquids are kept and took an assortment of medications and placed them into two bags.

The video showed the third subject walking through the aisles with a flashlight.

The three subjects then ran out of the store.

A perimeter was set up and a K9 track was issued to try and locate the alleged burglars. The track, according to the report, led to the rear of the QT Mart, but police were unable to find the suspects.

The owner estimated the burglars took about $500 worth of unspecified medications.

This was the second time in less than two months burglars have struck the store. In October, it was one of three Jonesboro pharmacies broken into early one morning.

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