TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) Tuscumbia police get a big break in several pharmacy burglaries. Investigators confiscated thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen prescription pills.
Detectives spent hours today sorting through six garbage bags full of drugs. According to police, the stolen pills came from burglaries at Fred's Pharmacy and Family Pharmacy, over the past few months.
“This is a lot of drugs that won`t be hitting the streets and won`t be getting in the hands of our children, and people who aren`t supposed to have those drugs,” said Tuscumbia Police Chief, Tony Logan.
Officers got consent to search an abandoned home in Sheffield and found the stash. No one was inside the house, but detectives say they're tracking down leads on three people.
Some of these bottles are still full, but detectives say the burglars cleared out the powerful pain killers and Valium.
“Once they got inside the store they were just doing a sweep of the drugs and putting them in these garbage bags and then they would sort them out later,” explained Logan. “Of course their reason for it was to turn around and sell them.”
Police say it’s a big bust, getting these pills off the streets, and also a big break in the case. This comes as a relief to the pharmacy owners, and a warning to the suspects.
“We`re relentless in our investigations, regardless of what they are, and sooner or later we`re gonna eventually find who`s doing these things,” said Logan.
Police say at both Fred's and Family Pharmacy, the burglar, got inside through the drive-through windows.
Also, according to detectives, the suspects cut power to the alarm system at Family Pharmacy.
If you have any information about this case, call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers Tipline at 256-386-8685 or the Tuscumbia Police Department.