Crime Report: Thousands of Pills Stolen from Dearborn Pharmacy

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Thousands of prescription pills were reported missing in a recent break-in at a Dearborn pharmacy, according to Dearborn police reports.

Officers responded to the Schaefer Pharmacy just after 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, after the store's alarm went off. Upon arrival, police found that the glass window of the front door had been shattered, and the store was in disarray.

The owner arrived at the store and confirmed that items appeared to be missing. He reviewed surveillance video footage with police, which showed two men entering through the front door. One climbed over the counter and into the pharmacy area, which was surrounded by bulletproof glass. Once inside, he began removing prescription bottles from the shelves and placing them in garbage cans from the store.

The men were shown on camera exiting through the front door and running west into an alley, where a parked getaway car was waiting.

The owner of the store confirmed that at least 1,000 Vicodin; 3,000 Xanax; and 2,000 Valium were taken. He told police that it was possible more items were taken, but that he'd have to perform a complete inventory check to find out exactly how many.

The first suspect in the robbery was described as a man around 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 240 pounds, wearing a black baseball hat and a blue sweatshirt. The second was a man around 6 feet, 4 inches tall and 180 pounds, also wearing a black hat, as well as a black long-sleeve shirt and khaki pants.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

jane September 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM
all those bottles and they knew where to find the vicodin, xanax, and valium, without the lights being on and before Dearborn Police could respond considering how fast of a response they always have, that's amazing. strange the owner knew the approximate number of narcotics but would have to do a complete inventory check to see what else was missing. but... i'm just guessing.


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