Pharmacy hit by burglar
April 30, 2009 · Updated 3:30 PM
By Kevin Hanson, The Courier-Herald
An Enumclaw pharmacy was burglarized last week by someone who smashed a window to gain entry, quickly grabbed narcotics and fled on foot.
According to police reports, an audible commercial alarm sounded shortly before 11 p.m. March 30 at Bridgeport Pharmacy on Griffin Avenue.
While an officer was being dispatched to the business, a citizen witness arrived at the police station. The witness reported seeing a male subject running from the pharmacy while holding a black plastic bag. The witness confirmed the pharmacy window was broken and reported seeing a baseball bat on the ground.
Pharmacy owner Herb Smith was open for business the following day, assuring that the burglary didn't put anyone at risk of not getting needed medications. Smith confirmed the burglar had apparently attempted to enter through a door before deciding to smash the window. Once inside, the burglar had to gain entry to a secure area to obtain the desired narcotics.
Until a thorough count could be taken, Smith was hesitant to speculate on the amount of narcotics taken or place a dollar value on the loss.
Everything happened very fast, Smith said. "It couldn't have been more than 60 seconds" from the time the window was smashed until the suspect fled, he said.
Smith said pharmacists are schooled to expect such crimes. "Due to the nature of the product, we're always at risk," he said. "We sell the very thing some people are addicted to."
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