2012-05-04 / Top Stories

Burglars Break Into Local Pharmacy

By Miriam Rosenberg


Burglars broke into Friendly Pharmacy on Beach 20 Street. The perpetrators busted in through the roof of a nearby shoe store and then cut through the walls of adjoining stores to get into the pharmacy. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg Burglars broke into Friendly Pharmacy on Beach 20 Street. The perpetrators busted in through the roof of a nearby shoe store and then cut through the walls of adjoining stores to get into the pharmacy. Photo by Miriam Rosenberg During the overnight hours of April 15, burglars pulled off a complicated and, no doubt, professional break-in at a local pharmacy across the street from St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, police say.

Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, confirmed information The Wave received about the crime, which occurred at Friendly Pharmacy at 495 Beach 20 Street.

“This is something that we tie to a citywide pattern,” said Lipetri on April 25, during a joint 101/100 Precinct Community Council Meeting. He added, “We think their MO is going through rooftops, entering through maybe another location and then burrowing through the wall into to the target pharmacy and then stealing cash and narcotics.”

Lipetri confirmed that, in this case, the perpetrators got into the pharmacy by first entering through the roof of an orthopedic shoe store located just a couple of stores away. Allegedly the criminals went through the walls of the other stores, that included a doctor’s office, until they reached the pharmacy. Once inside they stole vaccines, drugs and got into the safe.

While the stores did have motion detectors, Lipetri said that even if they were in working order they were of no use because the devices were located behind boxes on shelves. There is no guarantee the motion detectors would have stopped the crime, but the deputy inspector said, “at least I would have had some video of the alleged perpetrators.”

Because it is an active investigation Lipetri would not discuss any further details. He did say that the police believe that the same crew who did this job could be responsible for the break-in of Vista Pharmacy, also on Beach 20 Street, last November.

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