Smith County experiences sharp rise in pharmacy burglaries
POSTED: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 10:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 3:09pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — A string of burglaries at four Smith County pharmacies over the last two months, has law enforcement searching for answers.
The latest target for burglars is the Family First Pharmacy in Gresham on Tuesday morning. KETK spoke with the Smith County Sheriff, Larry Smith, who said, "With the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs now, especially the Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and things of that nature, it has really been on the rise". Investigators with the Smith County Sheriff's office tell KETK the burglars entered through the back of the store. Smith said, "They went around the structure and in the back of the building they found a hole through the sheet metal and through the sheet rock, where entry had been gained into the pharmacy".
This is similar to a burglary that occurred last week at Good's Medicine Chest on Grande Boulevard, only 5 miles away from Gresham. Don Martin, the Public Information Officer at the Tyler Police Department, said, "They broke out a window and got into the pharmacy, and took some medications and things". The Tyler Police Department released surveillance footage capturing 4 thieves in the act. Martin explained, "It looked like two of them were a lookout on the outside, as well as two suspects inside the store". The burglars wore clothing covering their bodies from head to toe. This includes gloves, full length shirts, pants, and masks.
The Sheriff's Office believes these burglaries may be linked. Smith said, "I would be very surprised if it's not the same individuals doing all of these different burglaries out here on the drug stores".
Sheriff Smith and Officer Martin are asking for any information you might know about these burglaries. You can do this anonymously using TIP411, or contacting Smith County Crime Stoppers.