Thousands Of Pills Stolen From Pharmacy

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

An estimated $200,000 in prescription drugs is now on the streets. Police say that's the street value of powerful prescription drugs taken after a burglary in Hazard.

It happened at King Pharmacy on Morton Boulevard early Tuesday morning and police say the suspect may now also be armed.

Before King Pharmacy even opened, thousands of prescription pills were already gone, allegedly stolen by a suspected thief.

"When we got here this morning, we saw someone had broken in and taken some medications. They damaged some things inside and they damaged some things outside to gain access," said business owner Scott King.

Police say various narcotics, like methadone and Oycontin were among the drugs taken, an estimated street value of up to $200,000 dollars.

"We work so hard to keep illegal drugs off the street and this is a rather large chunk that's going right back out," said Chris Combs with the Hazard City Police.

Pharmacist and owner Scott King says this is the first time the store has had a break-in, but he's already having better security installed to protect the rest of the inventory, especially since police say it's not the first one in the area.

"We have had several thefts in the area, a lot of thefts of drugs and medicine, constantly anywhere from residences to even at the hospital," Combs said.

Police are searching for all available surveillance video from surrounding businesses to find more leads.

The owner is offering a cash reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

If you have any information, call Hazard Police at 436-2222.

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