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Thief busts through pharmacy's ceiling for pills

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

A burglar looking for drugs found an unusual way to get inside a central Kentucky pharmacy. Police say he climbed up on the roof and dropped through the ceiling as surveillance cameras caught his every move.

Georgetown Police says it happened last Monday night around 8:40 p.m. at the J&L Pharmacy, with the thief making off with at least $1,000 in medication, including pain pills, muscle relaxers, and Viagra.

In a matter of seconds, surveillance video catches a man tearing through the ceiling from a vent only about a foot in diameter.

"Our officers responded and found the front door open, and there was debris and the subject had fallen from the ceiling to the floor," says Georgetown Police Lt. Robert Swanigan.

J & L Pharmacy Owner Phillip Johnson says the store has stepped up security, as he still tries to figure out how the thief made it through the vent in the first place.

"Not sure how he squeezed through the area and will take precautions to ensure that doesn't happen again," says Johnson. "You assume people can't fit through some areas, but they can if they're desperate."

Georgetown Police say they also have video showing what appears to be the suspect stopping at the Quick Stop nearby to buy a soda.

The thief is also believed to have left behind the soda he didn't finish drinking and his cigarette lighter, both of which have been taken into evidence.

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