Two suspected in incident at local pharmacy
It’s hardly the Big Apple. But when a big city style break and enter occurs in a quiet Conceptin Bay North community, it’s big news.
Convinced there are people in the community who have helpful information, RCMP say, “even if they don’t think it’s important, they should still call us.”
hese are some of the tools recovered by police following a rare break-in at a pharmacy in Western Bay on July 5.
Police say an investigation into a rare break-in and attempted theft from a pharmacy in the small Conception Bay North community of Western Bay is presenting some challenges.
The two suspects believed to have carried out the illegal act during the early hours of July 5 have so far eluded police, but investigators said Friday they are closing in on two “ persons of interest” who are “ not from the immediate area.”
Plenty of their belongings - discarded or dropped during the incident at Western Bay Pharmacy - are being carefully analyzed, and police say the pair likely made off in a dark blue Chrysler Intrepid.
“ These people are known to police,” said Const. Vince Clark of the Trinity-Conception RCMP. He stressed that there is no hard evidence linking the two to the crime, but investigators are very keen on talking to the pair.
“ These people are known to drive that type of vehicle,” said Clark.
Police received notice of an alarm at the business just before 5 a . m. While responding to the scene, it was confirmed by the owner of the business that a break and enter had occurred.
Two males were seen leaving the business, one on foot and the other in a dark blue sedan.
A neighbour who heard the alarm witnessed the incident and - barefooted - chased one of the suspects, police say.
During their getaway, the suspects left behind a long list of items, including a green and tancoloured ROOTs backpack containing 11 bottles of pills. Some of the recovered pills include dilau did, codeine and darvon, police say.
The backpack also contained two slices of ham and pineapple pizza, and a Delmonte tangerine juice pack. Police believe these items may have been purchased at a nearby store.
Police also recovered a small blue Nike bag at the scene, which contained a variety of tools - hammer, saw, axe and several wrecking bars - likely used in the break-in.
Extensive damage was done to the inside of the business.
A police service dog was involved in a search for the suspects, but police say poor weather hampered the effort.
A witness described one of the suspects as a male approximately six-fee-two inches tall, slight build, and wearing a dark ball cap and a dark tracksuit.
It’s believed all the items taken from the pharmacy have been recovered.
They were certainly after narcotics,” Clark said.
He added that similar break-ins occur “ two or three times annually” in the region, but noted that it’s especially unsettling in a community of several hundred residents with only a couple of businesses.
Police have issued a public plea for assistance from anyone who may have information. They are asked to call the Trinity-Conception RCMP at 596-7766, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800222-8477.
“ We’re sure there’s someone in the community who has some information,” said RCMP Sgt. Rick Budden. “ Even if they don’t think it’s important, they should still call us.”