Thousands in Prescription Medications Stolen

By: Candace Barnette Email
By: Candace Barnette Email

Quitman, Miss. Police in Quitman say prescription painkillers, worth over a hundred thousand dollars on the street, were stolen early Tuesday from Hammack Pharmacy.

Officials say two black males broke through a glass door with a brick and went straight for the Lorcet, a painkiller often sold illegally on the street. The suspects even bypassed an open register full of cash. Police say they knew exactly where to find what they wanted.

"It was as though they knew what they were going in for," said Chief Willie McKines of the Quitman Police Dept. "They went directly to where the pills were located, took them from the shelves and from the counter and they used two large trash bags."

While these pills are worth about $2,000 total at wholesale value, they sell for anywhere from $10 to $15 dollars per pill on the black market.

The men stole over 12,000. That means the potential value at illegal resale could be over $120,000. Quitman police have involved the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to be ready for when the thieves try to sell.

"This may be some type of ring that is going around stealing these pills and putting them back on the street," said McKines.

The chief said a third party had a getaway car ready, a light-colored sedan. The drug store has had to send some customers away for the past couple of days until they can restock. The store is holding out hope the available evidence will be enough to find the suspects.

"They got them on camera on several different ones in town," said Rachel Bryant of Hammack Drug Store. "All the angles, like I think, the bank, the Chevron, the Sunflower and our cameras. So we're hoping maybe somewhere one of them will be able to find them."

If you have any information that might help investigators, you may report it to the Quitman Police Department at 601-776-3956.

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