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Pills taken from Dry Ridge pharmacy

By Jamie Baker-Nantz

It was no joke when Total Care Pharmacy in Dry Ridge was burglarized on April 1.

Thieves made off with more than 2,300 pills including Aderall, which is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and  Oxycodone/APAP, Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Vicodin, which are painkillers.

“That’s a lot of pills on the street,” said Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells.

The burglary occurred around 1:10 a.m. when a suspect entered the pharmacy by pulling the sheet metal siding away from the rear wall and knocking a hole in the drywall.

The suspect, who is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and brown jersey gloves, left through the hole and fled on foot towards Warsaw Avenue.

Police said he was seen talking to someone via a Nextel cell phone with walkie talkie capabilities or on a hand radio.

Kells said he believes others were involved in the burglary and is hoping someone will come forward with information.

“People need to be aware there are drugs floating around in our community,” Kells said.

Kells said drugs were the only items taken during the burglary.

Crime Stoppers, a crime-solving organization, is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-888-352-3040 or sending a text message to 513-352-3050 or by visiting www.crime-stoppers.us and entering information in the tip line.

Crime Stoppers uses fundraisers, such as an upcoming golf outing on May 4 to pay for rewards used to solve crimes in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati/southern Indiana area. For more information about the golf outing call 513-377-1949.