One community has seen its fair share of crime recently.
Police said three men burglarized a pharmacy in the Minnie community of Floyd County and got away with thousands of dollars worth of pills.
The Parkview Pharmacy was broken into around three this morning. The owner and police said they thought the same men also tried unsuccessfully to break into a nearby pharmacy in the nearby community Wheelwright.
“They didn't take money, there was money on the floor and they passed it up, it was change but they could have took it but they passed it up and took drugs only,” said Co-owner and Pharmacist Kristy Moore of Parkview Pharmacy in Minnie.
Moore said she thought she knew why three men broke into Parkview Pharmacy early Thursday morning.
“Basically got about two thousand pills off of us,” said Moore.
Moore said the majority of stolen pills were Loricet and Loritab narcotic prescription pills.
The store owner said that with a limited amount of time the men had to know where to go to get what they wanted. Surveillance video showed three men getting in through the drive through window. They were only in the store for about one minute.
“Once they broke in through the window the alarm went off and they came straight here,” said Moore.
“They knew what they were getting, somebody watched us put it on the shelf.”
Just hours before the burglary in Minnie, the Wheelwright police chief had his tires slashed and there was an attempted burglary at Family Drug. Some law enforcement said they thought surveillance video suggested there could be a connection.
“It is possible it could be the same suspects,” said Delmas Johnson of Floyd County Sheriff's Department.
Johnson said that they caught a glimpse of the vehicle being driven by the suspects when they slit the police chief’s tires. Some said the drug epidemic has made them feel unsafe in their community.
“It makes you think and be more aware of your surroundings,” said Johnson.
“If they are going to cut tires on a police car what else would they do to get to what they need to get to.”
Moore said she is mainly concerned for the future generations’ safety.
“It makes me feel uneasy mostly for my kids,” said Moore.
“I went to school here at McDowell and everything was fine, I'd walk outside and they did not lock the buildings but now you have to because there are all kinds of drug seekers out there.”
Moore said that there are no limits when it comes to those who are addicted.
“They will go anywhere where they can get some,” said Moore.
Kentucky State Police are investigating these crimes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Post 9 in Pikeville at 606-433-7711.
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