CLOVER — A masked man police say broke into a Clover pharmacy and stole seven bottles of pills dropped five of them as he ran from the store and into the woods on Saturday.
At about 10:51 p.m., police were called to the Med Care Pharmacy on Bethel Street after the business alarm went off, said Clover Police Lt. Tanner Davis.
When officers arrived, they found that the back door had been pried open and six bottles of Alprazolam pills had been taken, Davis said.
Alprazolam, often branded as Xanax, is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. They are regulated as Schedule IV drugs because of their addictive qualities.
Police noticed saw that a bottle of another type of medication that’s not a controlled substance was also taken, Davis said.
Authorities watched store surveillance video of the break-in and saw the suspect — described as a young man with dark hair who wore a mask with a clear visor over his face — walk behind the pharmacy counter and place the drugs in a bag within 37 seconds.
“He knew exactly where he was going and knew exactly what he wanted,” Davis said.
A K9 unit tracked the suspect’s scent to a patch of woods behind the store that lead to an apartment complex, he said. There, the dogs found five pill bottles that police believe the suspect dropped as he ran.
Pharmacy employees on Monday were still doing an inventory of the pills taken. An official number of pills stolen or their value was unavailable.
Police are still looking for the suspect, while store employees have told authorities they will begin placing controlled substances in safes, bolster store surveillance and add more security to the pharmacy’s doors, Davis said.
A CVS store is across the street from Med Care, Davis said, adding that police did not investigate any other pharmacy break-ins in Clover over the weekend.