Thieves use storms as a diversion for second break-in at Festus - KMOV.com

Thieves use storms as a diversion for second break-in at Festus pharmacy

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Police believe thieves struck at Prescription Plus in Festus for the second time in three weeks. Credit: KMOV Police believe thieves struck at Prescription Plus in Festus for the second time in three weeks. Credit: KMOV
FESTUS (KMOV.com) -

Festus police said burglars broke into the Prescription Plus pharmacy early Tuesday and stole $38,000 in opioid painkillers.

Chief Tim Lewis told News 4, "The suspects pulled up to the front of the building, they forced their way in through the front door and were in and out of the business in less than a minute."

Lewis said he believes the burglars were also involved in a break-in at the same pharmacy February 20, when $29,000 worth of Oxycontin, Perccocet, Morphine and other painkillers were stolen. 

Investigators believe the burglars may have chosen to break in around 1:45 a.m. because the area was under a tornado warning at the time and the storms may have provide cover for their crime.

"During the height of the storm, there's obviously a lot of wind and people are hunkered down because of all the code red alerts were going out and tornado warnings. So, they hit it at a pretty good time if you're going to do that," said Lewis.

Pharmacy owner Doug Rademaker said Tuesday's burglary occurred before he could finish the security improvements he'd planned to do after the first break-in.

Lewis said one of the burglars is wearing the same Dallas Cowboys shirt and distinctive pair of jeans in the surveillance video in both burglaries and hopes that will help someone be able to identify the person.


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