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Thieves steal medicine, money, and surveillance video from pharmacy

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

The search is on for some thieves police say broke into a Georgetown pharmacy over the weekend, and even stole some surveillance video in the process.

Georgetown Police say the Hometown Pharmacy, on Oxford Drive behind Applebee's, was broken into.

Hometown Pharmacy owner Michael Ingram says the thieves broke in through the back entrance. When officers got out to the business Sunday afternoon, they say the back door was pried open, and inside--tens of thousands of pills missing.

Narcotics, Adderall, and numerous controlled substances--all stolen from the shelves of Hometown Pharmacy.

Georgetown Police added up the totals, finding the thieves stole hundreds of bottles.

"They took everything that has any sort of street value, any sort of controlled medicines," says pharmacy owner Michael Ingram.

The thieves also stole a safe from the business with about $5,000 in cash in it.

The pharmacy is well-equipped with surveillance and a security system, but the thieves cut wiring and even stole the surveillance video itself.

"At which point they managed to turn off the alarm," Ingram says, "Plus they took the DVR security camera system."

Ingram say this theft will cost him abut $30,000. He says the stolen pills have a street value in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Police say the damage goes even further.

"Our biggest concern, outside of the loss to our local business, is that these pills are now on the street," says Lt. Robert Swanigan, with Georgetown Police.

Looking at the operation, Ingram says he thinks the thieves were familiar with the pharmacy--maybe too familiar.

"This was a very clean heist. They knew exactly where to go and where to get what they needed. They knew of some hidden things in the store. So, that makes me nervous to think that someone from inside gave them that info," Ingram says.

His says his priority is catching the crooks.

"I can't stand a thief. I work very hard for what I have. I don't want somebody to come and take it."

Although the surveillance was also stolen, Ingram says he's given police six names of people he believes are possibly connected.

He also tells NEWSFIRST he is personally offering a $5,000 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

If you have information, you're asked to call Georgetown Police at (502) 863-7826.


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