STONINGTON, Maine — Police are investigating a burglary at V&S Variety that resulted in thousands of dollars in prescription medicine being stolen from the store’s pharmacy.
According to police, one or more people forced their way into the store where the pharmacy is located around 3 a.m. Sunday, setting off the business security alarm. Despite the alarm, the thieves were able to get away with approximately $15,000 worth of prescription drugs, police indicated.
Detective Alan Brown of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Monday morning that he is helping investigate the case. He said the department is trying to determine a more precise figure for the value of the drugs taken and whether that figure represents the retail or wholesale value of the medications.
Attempts Monday to contact the variety store and pharmacy owners, Vernon and Sandra Seile, were unsuccessful.
Vernon Seile purchased the adjacent Burnt Cove Market in 1971, according to the market’s Web site. In 1995, the couple opened V&S Variety next door to the Stonington market and, in 2005, the pharmacy inside V&S Variety.
In 2005, the Seiles told the Bangor Daily News they decided to open the pharmacy after another local pharmacy closed in 2004. They were motivated in part by a desire to help residents avoid having to travel 25 miles or more to Blue Hill to get medications at a pharmacy there.
“We fill a community need by making pharmacy services more convenient for those folks who visit our local health clinic,” Vernon Seile said at the time.
The Seiles also own The Galley store across Route 15 from the high school in neighboring Deer Isle, which they opened in 1996 after another store in that town burned down.