Pharmacy burglary spree, Hurricane, St. George, Mesquite; police ask public to be on the lookout

One suspect caught on camera Stapley Pharmacy, St. George, Utah, June 1 2013 | Photo courtesy of Stapley Pharmacy, St. George News | Contact St. George Police Department – 435-634-5000 - with any information

ST. GEORGE  – Officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at Walgreens in Hurricane early Saturday morning. Within a couple of hours Stapley Family Pharmacy in St. George had been burglarized as well, and a couple hours later Walgreens in Mesquite, Nev. was burglarized. The three burglaries are believed to be connected, Evan Stapley, owner of Stapley Family Pharmacy in St. George said.

Hurricane Walgreens hit at 1:40 a.m.

As to the Hurricane Walgreens, located at 1235 West State Street, Hurricane Police detectives conducting the investigation said the initial call came in at approximately 1:40 a.m., Public Information Officer Nancy Perkins said in a press release.

The responding officers found signs of forced entry into the building, Perkins said, but the suspects had already cleared the building by the time the officers arrived. Detectives are gathering any possible evidence to determine if one or more suspects were involved and to determine the specific items stolen.

Stapley Pharmacy, St. George, Utah , June 1, 2013 | Surveillance Camera, Contact St. George Police Department with info
Stapley Pharmacy, St. George, Utah , June 1, 2013 | Surveillance Camera, Contact St. George Police Department with info

St. George Stapley Pharmacy hit at 3 a.m.

The call for the business alarm at Stapley Pharmacy located at 102 East City Center in St. George, Utah went off around 3 a.m.

“They were gone in less than eight minutes,” Stapley said. “This is our third break-in attempt in three months.”

He said the other two attempts on Stapley Pharmacy were unsuccessful. Minimal damage occurred to the building in the Saturday morning break-in, and the burglars got away with some prescription drugs.

“The door was pried open,” Stapley said, “but is not damaged. And they could’ve gotten away with a lot more if they knew exactly what they were looking for.”

The specific prescription drugs identified as missing were pain killers. Pain medication comes in many brands and names and the burglars hadn’t identified the plethora of options available; so, while upset, Stapley said he is relieved they didn’t get away with more.

“Evidence was left at the scene and was collected by St. George detectives,” St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said, “but that evidence can’t be released to the public as it is an ongoing case.”

“We improve security every time we’re broken into,” Stapley said.

Mesquite Walgreens hit at 4:13 a.m. Nev. time / 5:13 a.m. Utah time

Nearly an hour and fifteen minutes after the Stapley burglary, Walgreen’s located at 329 North Sandhill Blvd. in Mesquite was broken into.

“Walgreen’s was burglarized at 4:13 a.m. on the 1st,” Jeff Smith, public information officer for Mesquite Police Department, said. As it is an active investigation he declined to provide more information.

Suspects

Detectives have identified the suspects as male, Stapley said, by using his business’s surveillance video.

“From the photos and video footage we have off the surveillance,” Despain said, “the suspects are male and their race is unconfirmed, but they have darker skin. The vehicle they used was a silver passenger vehicle.”

Anyone with information relating to these incidents or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area is asked to contact the police:

St. George Police Department – 435-634-5000

Hurricane City Police Department – Main telephone 435- 635-9663 / Anonymous tip line – 435635-7911 / Email policetips@cityofhurricane.com

Mesquite Police Department – 702-346-5262

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2 Comments

  • Matthew Sevald June 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    The opening paragraph correctly identifies these incidents as burglaries while the header photograph is incorrectly emblazoned “PHARMACY ROBBERY”.
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    Is that sensationalism or fear mongering to sell a story, or just sloppiness?

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic June 3, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      It was burglary, Matthew. Oh – oh! On the graphic – I know what happened. Oh dear. It was simply a matter of getting graphics going as we were developing the story. It was burglary, not robbery; sharp you are, Matthew, for knowing the difference and keeping us on our toes.
      The graphic is corrected. 🙂

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