Less than two months after a pharmacy opened on Lodi's Eastside, thieves broke in early Tuesday and stole a safe containing some cash and $1,800 worth of prescription narcotics.
Police were called at 12:13 a.m. to Lodi Pharmacy, 929 S. Cherokee Lane, when a burglar alarm went off, Lt. Chris Piombo said. Officers found that a window had been broken and a doorknob was removed.
The thieves stole the safe, valued at $300, which contained narcotics that are only available through prescription, Piombo said.
The drugs include morphine and oxycodone, which are very powerful drugs, said Maribel Barraza, a pharmacist who owns the business with her husband, Robert Haro. The drugs were enough to supply about 30 people, Barraza said.
The drugs that were in the safe aren't sold very often, but it takes about two days to acquire them when a customer wants them, Barraza said. That's why they are kept in stock.
Barraza said the cash loss could have been worse, but she had deposited the pharmacy's money Monday morning.
Haro said that he and his wife are beefing up security by installing bars on the windows, installing cameras and changing the burglar alarm system so that the police department is the first to be notified of a burglary instead of Haro and Barraza.