WVSP: Thieves Cut Hole Through Pharmacy's Roof to Steal Pills

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- When it comes to prescription pill abuse, thieves are taking new and clever measures to get their hands on them.

A pharmacy just outside of Logan, West Virginia, is the most recent target for thieves. Rite Aid in Mt. Gay was broken into early Tuesday morning.

"I was here to pick up a prescription for my husband," Debra Wallace said Wednesday.

But when Wallace reached the front door, a sign said it was temporarily closed. However, it didn't explain why.

West Virginia State Police say burglars cut a hole through the roof to get in, and they didn't leave empty-handed.

"I guess with the determination they have for their next fix, it doesn't deter them at all," Wallace said.

Troopers say they got away with a high quantity and variety of pills -- so many that employees are still taking inventory to figure out what they've lost.

Troopers say this area is a hot spot for prescription pill abuse, and it's not the first time this store has been a target.

"The prescription pills are what people are mostly after. It seems like it's more prevalent than any other drug around here," Senior Trooper B.A. Lowe said.

"It's such an epidemic in this area. You hear about it just about daily any more," Wallace said.

While potentially dangerous pills make their way through the community, this store is losing business, and customers are inconvenienced.

"Especially if you need something really fast. You know, your medication or whatever -- and you have to go somewhere else to get it. It could harm people," Wallace said.

A problem that's become so big -- many are questioning what can be done.

"Prayer may be the only answer we have," Wallace said.

While Wallace looks to a higher power, thieves are setting higher expectations.

No arrests have been made.

Rite Aid remained closed Wednesday. There's no word yet when it will be back open.

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