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Burglars Walk Off With $1,800 of Over-the-Counter Medicine from CVS

Brazen thieves empty out shelves in broad daylight, but they're caught on surveillance tape.

A Hispanic man and woman walked into the and walked off with $1,800 worth of laxatives, allergy pills, acid reflux remedies and whatever other type of medication they could grab, the police reported.

The burglary occurred on Thursday at around 11:45 a.m. and was reported on Friday, according to the crime report.

"We haven't had anything else like this in the city, not in any pharmacy or store," said Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the police department. "This is an isolated incident."

According to Wylie, as the CVS manager walked around the store Thursday, he noticed that a large amount of over-the-counter medicines was missing.

He asked his staff, and no one had seen what had happened. The manager then reviewed the store's surveillance video and observed the suspects load shopping carts full of medication. For a brief moment the suspects moved off camera, but when they returned, the manager saw them with white bags.

"They were working in unison," said Wylie.  

Though "we were able to get surveillance footage that was decent," the individuals could not be identified, he said.

However, the MVPD did provide the following descriptions: The woman appeared to be Hispanic of average build, with dark-brown hair worn in a ponytail. She wore a turquoise shirt and blue jeans. The man, also Hispanic, wore gray pants, a long-sleeved white T-shirt and a black baseball cap. He, too, was of average build.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact the Mountain View Police Department at 650-903-6395. Callers may remain anonymous and still be eligible for the reward via a unique identifying number given to them when they call.

Claudia Cruz April 13, 2011 at 04:22 PM
Has anyone else heard anything like this before? MVPD said that they didn't take the Sudafeds, which only the pharmacists distributes.

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