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40,000 Pills Stolen From Doniphan Pharmacy, Cops Looking For Suspect

Doniphan- It's a bitter pill to swallow for residents in Doniphan, Missouri after a pharmacy there was emptied of tens of thousands of prescription pills.

Mostly Xanax and Hydrocodone, police are worried the latest pharmacy break-in could mean trouble for their young ones because those pills could make their way into the schools.

"This kind of medication has a way of showing up in our high schools and our middle schools and even down to the elementary level," said Orville McFarland, of the Doniphan Police Department.

Police say someone broke into the Medical Center Pharmacy near Doniphan's Regional Hospital sometime after 5 p.m. on the Nov. 21.

It was the day after Thanksgiving that pharmacy staff realized more than 43,000 pills were missing. Of those, at least 30,000 were Xanax.

Now, investigators are on a race against time to catch the crooks before the prescrition pills make their way into the schools.

"They sell these at school and at times they don't know what they're selling and some of these kids don't know what they're taking," said McFarland.

Just a few weeks ago, a pharmacy in Marmaduke was robbed of $4,000 worth of the same types of pills. It marks the fourth time in three months that the pharmacy's been broken into. Someone was arrested in the case.

Even though there are no suspects in the Doniphan pharmacy break-in, police say they do think whoever's responsible used a sophisticated technique by disconnecting the electrical system and prying open the door.

"The way in which it was done is not normal," said McFarland. "Normal in Doniphan is smash-and-grab. Throw a rock through a window and grab what you can."

Anyone with information is asked to call Doniphan PD at (573)996-7123


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