On October 16, 2014 at around 6am PST, our store on Olive had a break in. They were able to steal a couple bottles of cough syrup (sizzurp). We don’t stock that many bottles, but unfortunately a couple bottles is worth the risk for these kids. They broke in by cutting a hole in the steel door above the deadbolt and flicking the deadbolt. We fixed that by putting a double dead bolt where both sides requires a key to unlock…
However…this morning, we suspect the same kids returned. Their method to get around the deadbolt door is seen in the featured image. They were able to unscrew the screws on top. Then, there were a handful of them with some tools to bend the door down enough to get in. We have video surveillance and are in the process of submitting it to the police.
The problem is the police are really occupied in the Fresno area these days. This isn’t the first time in the past year that pharmacies have been robbed in a similar fashion. Earlier this year, our store on Tulare had the same break in. They cut a hole above the doorknob/deadbolt and slipped their hands in to turn the deadbolt. Also, we aren’t the only victims.
We know of at least 3 other small independent pharmacies in the area that have had this happen to them in <6months. It’s probably the same crew of kids.
If anyone has any information about who’s behind this. Please relay it to the Fresno Police Department. It is a rather futile attempt, but what other choice do we have?
Contact Shakia Moton of FPD 559-621-7000.