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Burglars caught on video snatching drugs from Dinglewood Pharmacy


Columbus police are investigating a break-in at a popular drug store. The burglar alarm sounded at Dinglewood Pharmacy just before 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

A nearby security guard heard a loud bang and saw two men running with a white bag.  Police found the front glass door shattered and discovered some prescription drugs were missing.

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, two men were literally busting down the front doors and breaking into Dinglewood Pharmacy on Wynnton Road in Columbus.

 The store's surveillance cameras were rolling catching the unsuspecting burglars on tape.

"It was somebody who has cased us who has looked and watched us fill prescriptions and they know where the medication is that they want," Hurley said.

The store's owner Terry Hurley says the two thieves got away with more than $20,000 in street value worth of. Major Randy Robertson with the Muscogee County Sheriff's office says prescription drug crime is common in the valley and surrounding areas.

"Prescription pills can sell for just an incredible amount of money on the street, anywhere from $50 to $200 a tablet," Major Robertson.

In the video you see the two looking in cabinets, then down on shelves, obviously searching for something specific. Hurley, who has owned the store for more than 30 years, says the same exact type of break-in happened almost three years ago.

"This is being done by somebody who is getting it to sell somewhere else because they knew exactly what they wanted," Hurley said. 

"Prescription medication abuse is a serious problem we have a lot of pills on our streets that we need to get off," Robertson said.

To do that, the Muscogee County Sheriff's office is working with Columbus Water Works and Keep Columbus Beautiful to help folks dispose of their prescription pills properly, the next disposal date is scheduled for Saturday April 28th

"Get them out of the medicine cabinet if they are not being used properly they could get in the hands of teenagers or other people who may be abusing them," Sergeant Kasey Trombley.

As for the two men who got away with thousands of dollars in pills at Dinglewood Pharmacy, investigators need your help finding them. If you have any information you are asked to call Columbus Police at 706-653-3400

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