Another drug store robbed

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By Patrick Yost

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Two more medical service businesses were burglarized early Sunday morning bringing the total to one robbery and three burglaries of pharmacies or medical offices in the last three months.

At approximately 3:16 a.m. on Sunday, someone attempted to enter the medical office of Dr. David Fletcher, Eatonton Road.

According to Madison Police Chief Bill Ashburn, officers arrived at the office at 3:21 a.m. in response to an alarm. They found a rear window had been opened and that someone had entered the building but nothing  appeared to be missing. The officers worked that scene until 5:01 a.m. and at 5:07 a.m. a second alarm sounded at Madison’s Thrifty Mac Drug Store, Main Street.

Ashburn said three men entered the store and rummaged through the pharmaceutical area but were not able to secure narcotics, in part, because those items are kept secured under a separate lock and key. Ashburn said video surveillance shows the men swiping pill bottles off shelve without concern for their content.

That action is similar to a burglary that occurred on October 7 at Madison Drug Store, North Main Street, Madison. During that 2:10 a.m. burglary entry was gained by throwing a large rock through a front door. Drugs were swiped from shelf space into bags, surveillance video shows.

On August 6 two armed men entered the Moore Pharmacy, Eatonton Road at approximately 9 a.m. and threatened owner David Moore and his son at gunpoint. Narcotics were taken from that robbery and those two men fled in a van that was reported stolen from a commercial Atlanta company.

Chief Ashbury said the recent robberies appear to be part of a troubling regional trend.

“They are happening daily in larger communities,” he said. “Some of these are similar to what’s being reported in Conyers and Covington.”

In the Thrifty Mac burglary, three men, all with covered faces and hands, enter the store and go immediately to the pharmaceutical section. Ashbury said in all the cases the suspects are alway wearing gloves and keep their faces covered. “They’re not leaving very much evidence,” he said.

“We are following all leads.”

Ashbury said anyone with information regarding the thefts contact the Madison Police Department at 706 342 1275.

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