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Fourth East Texas pharmacy burglarized in one month

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Pharmacy burglary in Gresham. (Source: KLTV Staff) Pharmacy burglary in Gresham. (Source: KLTV Staff)

Pharmacies beware. Officials suspect a string of recent East Texas pharmacy burglaries could be related and are concerned that there are probably more to come. Early Tuesday morning, Family First Pharmacy in Gresham was broken into and several different types of drugs were stolen. This is the second time this pharmacy has been hit in the past year. But, in the past month alone, four pharmacies in the area have been burglarized, and officials say it’s likely no coincidence.

The wall where burglars broke in Tuesday morning was already repaired by the afternoon, but the damage goes much deeper for the store owner and her partner.

“We’re both working moms and we’re here to provide a service and really, you take it pretty personally, because this is our business that we have started and we’re working hard to grow it and be a benefit to the community,” Stacy Turner, a co-owner of Family First Pharmacy, said.

Police said several communities have been victims in the last month, showing an increase in pharmacy burglaries. Two occurred in Tyler, one in Chandler, and another in Smith County.

“Pharmacy burglars are pretty much like safe burglars. They’re only a small group of people that do that. Their expertise is pharmacy burglaries, it's what they burglarize,” Sheriff Larry Smith, with Smith County, said.

Stacy Turner said seeing the recent burglaries on the news is what alerted her to take extra precautions.

“That’s what drew my attention to lock up more narcotics and stuff that they had stolen too, so we went through our inventory after that pharmacy was broken into and locked up even more stuff,” she explained.

Sheriff Smith said that likely saved them those drugs.

“Thanks to them at this pharmacy, those other ones that we believe they were probably looking for were under lock and key,” he said.

Antibiotics and anti-psychotics were stolen from the Gresham pharmacy, but just last week surveillance video showed a group stealing pain killers from a Tyler pharmacy. Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department asked for the public’s help.

“You can see someone running away from a building, you can see suspicious activity inside a building you know is closed, you can see a speeding car tearing out of a parking lot and burning rubber,” he explained. “They’re all clues that that business might have just been broken into.”

Family First didn’t have surveillance video, but officials urge other pharmacies to be on high alert.

“It’s not if, it’s when, you know, that they may be the victim of a burglary,” Sheriff Smith said.

Investigators will be pooling their information and pouring over surveillance video from surrounding businesses to try to track down the burglars. If you know anything you are asked to call local law enforcement immediately.

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