A large amount of undisclosed pharmaceutical were taken from a local pharmacy during a burglary sometime before Friday morning, and the Brazil City Police Department is looking for information from anyone who might have saw someone in the area.
Although information is limited because of the ongoing investigation, Captain Dave Archer told The Brazil Times Monday that investigators were actively pursuing leads in a burglary at Lynn's Pharmacy, 22 W. National Ave.
According to Archer, employees arrived for work Friday morning to discover someone had gained entry into the business, taking prescription medication with a potential street value of approximately $100,000.
Although unable to provide information about the present security system at the pharmacy, Robert Lynn Hostetler, of Lynn's Pharmacy, told The Times that undisclosed repairs to the building are complete and further security enhancements are in place, with potentially more to be installed in the future.
"We take our (service) to this community very seriously. There are security measures in place at our pharmacy," he said. "But each time something like this happens, you have to re-examine everything. There is new technology available now that wasn't available previously and (implementing) it will make our security even better."
According to Hostetler, the pharmacy was burglarized in the 1980s and the security system at the time helped officers quickly find and convict the perpetrator. He is confident the same will happen again.
"There is a serious drug problem not only in this county, but throughout the country, that drives these types of crimes. I don't think law enforcement officers receive enough credit for the work they do on these types of cases," he said. "When it happened before, the police did their job and I am confident they will do it again. They will bring this case to a successful closure."
Hostetler joined with Archer in urging anyone that might have seen something from the time the pharmacy closed at 6 p.m., Thursday to early Friday morning to come forward.
"I'm grateful the police held the release of information to the public about this so we could have time to make the necessary repairs," Hostetler said, adding that a tip from a passerby helped solve the last case. "The police are doing a great job investigating this case. But, if someone saw something during those overnight hours, I encourage them to provide the information to the police."
To provide information regarding this case, or any others, contact Captain Archer at the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.