4 broke into Columbia pharmacy, stole drugs

COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) –  Police are looking for four people who stole prescription drugs from a Lancaster County pharmacy.

Columbia police said a burglar alarm went off at The Medicine Shoppe on Lancaster Avenue around 1:40 a.m. and officers arrived to find a broken plate glass window at the front of the store.

Pharmacy owner Steven Petrone showed ABC27 News where the suspects broke in. He also said it looks like the criminals got away with very little.

“No narcotics, a few cough syrups and a couple other medications,” he said.

The break-in happened less than 10 days after police said three people broke into a pharmacy in Akron and stole nearly $9,000 worth of prescription medication. Police said in that case, most the stolen meds were painkillers.

“There is always a concern these days,” Pertrone said. “There’s probably a little more concern now with the problems on the streets.”

Security is now a big concern at pharmacies. Petrone said his store has surveillance cameras and an alarm system.

“We’re pretty happy with the system we had,” he said. “I don’t think anyone is immune to it.”

The surveillance video shows the group entering the store through the broken window and taking the drugs. They fled in a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said.

Anyone who finds discarded containers, white paper packages, or plastic bins with Medicine Shoppe labeling should call Columbia police at 717-684-7735.

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