Hundreds of powerful drugs stolen from pharmacy

- Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of pills were stolen from a pharmacy in Cherokee County. Now authorities are trying to find the man who took the powerful drugs.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Investigators say a man broke into a business next to the Pharmoore Pharmacy, then cut a hole through the adjoining wall and crawled through. Investigators say the crook used a crowbar to pry open a safe to get to some drugs, and pulled others off the shelves.

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“When employees came in they found the safe damaged, open on the floor and numerous narcotics missing,” says Cherokee County Sheriff's Sgt. Marianne Kelley.

Authorities say this is the second time in two months the pharmacy has been broken into. Investigators say the first time, thieves broke into a nail salon business on the other side of the pharmacy, cut a hole through the adjoining wall, and crawled into the pharmacy.

“It's very similar, we believe it's the same subject,” says Sgt. Kelley.

Investigators say they fear the stolen drugs will end up on the street.

“The drugs that were stolen, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, are drugs that can easily be sold on the street,” says Sgt. Kelley.

One of the neighboring business owners told Fox 5 she has already upgraded her security system, and cameras are being added to the entire building. She says if crooks try to do it again, they'll be ready.

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