Narcotics Stolen from Long Island Pharmacy

The Carle Place robbery is the latest in a string of pharmacy thefts, some of which have been deadly, that have prompted local authorities to develop new safety procedures specifically designed for drug stores.

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 12:12 PM EDT
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Pharmacy Safety Program Set for L.I.

After violent incidents at Long Island pharmacies last year, officials are taking action to prevent it from happening at drugstores. Greg Cergol reports.
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Police are investigating another pharmacy robbery on Long Island.

Authorities say someone broke into Maple Pharmacy in Carle Place just before 2 a.m. Tuesday and stole an undetermined amount of prescription narcotics.

The robber got in by smashing a glass door in the back of the shop, police said. The pharmacy was closed at the time.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives ask anyone with information to call Nassau Count County Crime Stoppers at 1-(800)-244-TIPS.

The Carle Place robbery is the latest in a string of pharmacy thefts, some of which have been deadly, that have prompted local authorities to develop new safety procedures specifically designed for drug stores.

Since June, six people, including an ATF agent, have been killed during drug store robberies in Medford and Seaford.

Robbers in both cases were seeking prescription painkillers.

The safety initiative is a partnership between police and officials from the pharmaceutical firm, Purdue Pharma, authorities said.

So far, 60 Suffolk County police narcotics officers have received specialized training on how to combat abuse of prescription medications.  Pharmacy owners will also receive direction on how to safeguard their businesses.

In addition, police have increased their Crime Stoppers reward to $5,000 for information leading to arrests in prescription drug robbery cases.

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