Thousands of pills worth thousands of dollars were stolen over the weekend during a break-in at McMinnville Drug.
Xanax, Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Adderall and Hydromorphone were among the pills taken. Also stolen was a large amount of cash from two cash registers.
“With state laws tightening up on the amount of pain medication that can be prescribed, this might be a byproduct of that,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “We’ll be working with pharmacies on things they can do to prevent this in the future.”
The burglary happened at the Sparta Street pharmacy between the close of business Friday night and opening Saturday morning. It was discovered at 6:50 a.m. when an employee reported to work.
“The front door deadbolt lock had been busted open and the chain lock had been cut,” said officer Eddie Colwell in his report.
Upon gaining access to the building, the thief or thieves disconnected the alarm. The hard drive for the security cameras was also taken so no footage of the break-in is available from on-scene devices.
“Numerous pills were taken from the counter lock box and pill containers,” said officer Colwell. “The phone box had been busted open along with the alarm box. … The suspect had pulled the main phone line and disconnected power for the phones.”
Store employees were working to take inventory to provide the exact number of pills taken.
Denton says officers could possibly recover footage stored off site by the security company and are investigating leads. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.