Thieves caught on video stealing drugs from Northside pharmacy

Published On: May 23 2014 08:15:58 PM EDT   Updated On: May 23 2014 11:10:00 PM EDT

VIDEO: Crooks caught on camera, breaking into a Northside medical office to get their hands on the drugs inside the pharmacy. Two such burglaries occurred in the same part of town.


They used a crowbar and they were very quick, but the video of them is also very clear.

Burglars were caught on tape early Friday morning stealing prescription drugs from a Walgreens on Dunn Avenue in Jacksonville. The store is inside a larger office park that was broken into.

The thieves might be the same ones responsible for a similar break-in last week.

The surveillance video shows the burglars using a crowbar to get in the door outside Family Care Partners, an office complex along Dunn Avenue.

Then they cut through a wall into the Walgreens pharmacy and stole prescription drugs, including Adderall, Xanax and hydrocodone.

“Unfortunately this is somewhere that's been broken into a couple times in the past,” said Andy Stansfield of Family Care Partners. “This is one of (the) cleaner ones they've seen. In and out in about 4½ minutes.”

Stansfield hopes the surveillance video leads to an arrest.

“I just thought this was incredibly fast; police (were) there 10 minutes after,” Stansfield said. “We were just fortunate to have security cameras in a whole lot of parts of the building.”

In the video, the thieves crouch down and crawl, possibly to avoid being seen on a camera in the distance. They might not have realized there was another camera right above them recording the whole thing.

This crime is very similar to another pharmacy break-in last Friday at Duval Pharmacy just up the street.

In that case the thieves broke in the same way and stole the same types of drugs — and were also caught on surveillance video. The pharmacist there thinks these are the same thieves.

Police wouldn't confirm if the suspects in both break-ins are the same, but they did say it was possible.

If you know anything, call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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