(updated with video) Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy was burglarized this morning

This hole was created by an intruder on the north end of the wall.[/caption]

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington Health Mart Pharmacy at 505 East 16th Street was burglarized early this morning by what appears to be a single male intruder.

The Wellington Police are currently investigating an incident in which an unknown suspect unbolted the outer siding of the metal building on the north side of the business, tore through the drywall and created a hole big enough to slip through.

Once inside, the thief helped himself to an unspecified amount of prescription pills of various brands before exiting.

Pharmacy was broken in on the north side. It has since been patched.

Currently, there are no suspects, said Linn Shaffer, Wellington Health Mart owner. The robbery took place around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning according to the company’s surveillance video.

“The security system got beat,” Shaffer said. “He appeared to be someone who knew what he was doing.”

Shaffer said the staff is currently taking inventory and will get a specific figure on the medication stolen in a couple of days.

According to the video (above), the intruder appeared to be tall and lanky — approximately 6-3, 6-4 — and was dressed in black, Shaffer said. He appeared to be wearing what looks like a white cap – perhaps knit like.

Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said the department received the police call at 8:30 a.m. He too concurred that this looked like an act of someone who is experienced in intrusion. The hole that was made was specifically between a pharmacy sink and a bakers rack and just big enough for a skinny person to slip through.

Shaffer said pharmacy robberies are not common. He has had just one robbery during the 41 years of his pharmacy business in Caldwell and this is the first time in seven years in Wellington.

“We are a small store, so it seems odd we were targeted,” Shaffer said.

The pharmacy should recover with little trouble Shaffer said.

“It’s not the insurance I’m worried about,” he said. “It’s all the other governmental agencies you have to deal with when there is a pharmacy crime.”

Heath said the act looked like a deliberate attempt to take medication for resale later.

“Let’s just say the pharmacy wasn’t robbed just for the cash,” he said.

The pharmacy is open, and will continue to operate normal business hours.

Should you have any information about this crime, please contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331 or Wellington/Sumner County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (620) 326-3135.

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