Caught on video: Thieves break into pharmacy

Posted at 5:34 PM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 21:44:17-05

Thieves got away with drugs and a cash register after a smash-and-grab robbery in Phoenix on Tuesday morning.

The Melrose Pharmacy near 7th Avenue and Indian School has been targeted three times in less than two years.

Surveillance footage from about 1:15 Tuesday morning shows two men in hooded sweatshirts break in through the glass window at the front of the store. They go straight for the codeine-based cough syrup in the back, then rip out the cash register and walk out.

“Don’t know how many more of these I can take,” said owner Teresa Stickler. “It looked like one had a flashlight on his head so they were prepared.”

The pharmacists on staff say most thieves are after oxycodone, but theirs is locked up tight in a new safe.

“It just makes it tough on local businesses to continue to repair this kind of stuff, when it’s not even something worthwhile what they’re stealing.,” said pharmacist Jace Clark.

The men drove off in what appears to be a white, two-door sedan. Phoenix Police are investigating, but so far do not have any suspects.