Brundidge drugstore burglarized

Published 11:00 pm Friday, June 21, 2013

Fred’s Pharmacy in downtown Brundidge was victim to an early morning break-in Friday and an undisclosed number of prescription drugs were taken.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said the break-in was discovered by a man who was delivering newspapers and called the police station at 4:20 a.m.

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Employees clean up broken glass after a burglary at Fred’s in Brundidge.

“Someone had thrown a piece of concrete through the glass front door of the store. Then, they went in the store through the broken glass door,” Davenport said. “The piece of concrete looked like it came from a sidewalk or driveway.”

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The store was protected by ADT, however, Davenport said the alarm did not sound until Melanie Hawkins, fred’s pharmacist, arrived and unlocked the door with a key.

“Our investigator was not available so the break-in was investigated by Frank Wheeler and Troy Johnson of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department,” Davenport said.

“The initial investigation revealed that Lortab, a prescription pain killer, had been taken and several cabinets had been opened, probably in hopes of finding stronger drugs there.”

Davenport said the cabinets were dusted for fingerprints and that information could be valuable to the investigation.

“The Lortab was valued at $1,068 and further investigation revealed that $69 in aspirin and such had also been taken,” Davenport said. “No money was taken. It appeared that whoever broke into the pharmacy just came for one thing – drugs.”

Hawkins agreed.

“They knew what they wanted, where it was and they came and got it,” she said, giving credit to Davenport’s theory that whoever broke in had been in the pharmacy, possibly as a customer.

“The incident is still under investigation,” he said. “We encourage anyone who has information about the break-in or comes in contact with Lortab on the streets to call (334) 735-3333. You don’t have to give your name, just give any information that might be valuable to the investigation.”