Burglars net Hydrocodone from pharmacy
By Sherrie Williams
A local pharmacy was burglarized and thousands of dollars worth of pharmaceuticals were stolen after officers were dispatched to an apparent diversion at Lake Iowa Park, on Wigley road, created by the criminals.
At 12:22 a.m. Tuesday Iowa Park dispatchers received a call in reference to someone breaking into the Gun Club building at Lake Iowa Park (Middle Lake).
At 12:30 a.m., minutes after officers arrived at the Gun Club building, the dispatcher received a call from an alarm company that a business at 115 West Park had an alarm going off.
Officers were unable to locate any sign of a burglary or anyone at the Gun Club building.
Enroute to the alarm report, the officers found someone had shut and locked a gate that crosses Wigley Road at the lake entrance.
Wichita County deputies were dispatched to the alarm call as officers found an alternate route to exit the lake area. They arrived on scene of the alarm call a short time later.
However, off duty officers were monitoring the police radio and arrived at the pharmacy in just over a minute, and prior to arrival by deputies, only to find a rock had been thrown through the front glass door and the criminals had already left the building by the back door.
According to Iowa Park Lt. Jimmy Eaton, approximately 5,000 Hydrocodone tablets in various milligrams dosages had been taken.
This is the second time in just over a week the front door glass had been broken. At 12:46 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, someone threw a brick through the door glass, but did not enter the building.
Iowa Park Police Chief Robert Johnson said he estimated the subject or subjects were in the pharmacy around one minute.
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything at or near Lake Iowa Park (Middle Lake) or in the downtown area during that time frame are asked to call the Iowa Park Police at 592-2181. Callers may remain anonymous.