June 22, 2018
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Burglar smashes Portland Rite Aid drive-through window, steals prescriptions, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A local Rite Aid pharmacy was burglarized early Tuesday morning and police are searching for the person or people responsible.

Authorities were dispatched to the Rite Aid at 701 Forest Ave. just before midnight Monday after a burglar alarm at the store, according to Lt. Scott Pelletier.

When police and a Rite Aid representative got to the scene and investigated, nothing was amiss and the building seemed secure, Pelletier said.

Just after 6 a.m. Tuesday a Codman Street resident noticed Rite Aid prescription bags in his driveway and called police, according to Pelletier.

Officers returned to the store and discovered the establishment’s drive-through window had been smashed.

The bags found in the driveway contained bottles of prescription pills, some of which were empty and some full, the lieutenant said.

Police don’t yet have a description of the suspects as of Wednesday morning but are in the process of obtaining video surveillance from the scene.

“We have not received a [surveillance] video yet to see if we can make anything out,” said Pelletier.

Locked cabinets where drugs are kept at the store were not broken into, Pelletier said.

“The only drugs taken were prepackaged and ready for pickup,” he said. “We don’t think anything else was taken from the building.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Portland police detective division at 874-8533.

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