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March 14, 2014

Safe full of narcotics stolen from Madison Heights pharmacy

By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer

MADISON HEIGHTS — Police continue to investigate the theft of a 700-pound safe filled with powerful painkillers, taken from a pharmacy in Madison Heights.

The breaking and entering occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Feb. 28 and 9:45 a.m. March 2 at Madison Heights Pharmacy, located in a medical building at 1385 E. 12 Mile.

The responding officer spoke with a registered nurse with Oakland Family Practice, who indicated to them that upon arriving at work and going to unlock her office door and the building’s front door, she noticed that the front door had already been open, with the lock damaged. She then noticed that the door to the pharmacy was also open, and its lock damaged, as well.

That’s when she called police. Upon their arrival, police contacted the store pharmacist, who told them he had closed the business around 6 p.m. Feb. 28. The alarm had not been set at the time.

It appears the suspects broke into the business with some sort of prying device, and then proceeded to remove the black combination safe, which contained Class 2 narcotics — more than 4,000 pills, spanning such drugs as amphetamine salts, morphine sulfate, oxycodone and more.

A cleaning crew from Diversified Custodial Services had been working on the building around 10 p.m. March 1, and had left the building around 11:30 p.m. that night, securing all of the doors.

Police found no visible footprints in the snow leading up to the front door. The floor on the interior of the building was dry, with no tracks in the vestibule or pharmacy. There were also no drag marks on the carpet from the safe being removed from the building.

The safe containing the drugs might have been rolled out on a dolly the thieves might have brought along, suggesting an unusual degree of foresight and planning on their part, said Madison Heights Police Lt. Robert Anderson.

“It’s quite elaborate,” Anderson said. “It would appear there weren’t many other things disturbed in the pharmacy, so it seems they knew what they were looking for. We’re still looking at this from multiple angles. We’re not suspecting the cleaning crew at the moment — we think the crime occurred shortly after they left, before the snowfall that night, due to the lack of footprints. But we are still talking to everyone involved.”

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at akozlowski@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1104.