November 12, 2007 - Posted at 3:10 p.m. CDT
MARMADUKE, AR -- It's shocking enough to be the victim of a robbery, but imagining it happening three times in a span of four months. That's exactly what has happened at the Marmaduke Family Pharmacy.
The latest hit to the pharmacy came Friday night and over the course of the last four months, thieves have made off with thousands of dollars in drugs. Causing a small pharmacy to take a big hit.
"Since the tornado has gone through, this town has really had to struggling to rebuild and re-grow and we would really hate to think of what would happen to this community if the pharmacy were to close," said owner Kathryn Eddington.
But if robbers continue to strike the Marmaduke Family Pharmacy, that's exactly what could happen. Eddington says they've added security cameras and an alarm to catch criminals.
The thief was able to enter the Marmaduke Family Pharmacy through the roof, slipping through a very narrow 18" wide entrance. The suspect spent 17 minutes in the store before alarms went off and police were alerted. During that time, more than $4,000 worth of drugs were taken.
"They took Hydrocodone, Xanax, Darvocet and Viagra. So quiet a selection of medication," said Eddington.
All drugs with a high street value, but it comes as a higher cost to the pharmacy.
"We don't' want to close but with the security not being what it needs to be...the law enforcement is doing all they can, but they still got away and we are having to eat quite a bit of cost and that's not good business," said Eddington.