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Thieves make off with drugs, cash from pharmacy in Lodi's Eastside

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Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 10:00 pm

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.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 5:16 am on Wed, Dec 19, 2007.


    Geez! A video Camera might have helped! Having a safe light enough to be carried off is irristible! Why wasn't the safe welded to the floor? Some crimes are in truth, an inside job! I fully believe no PHARMACY should be filling perscriptions for narcotic drugs! Let the hospital pharmacy do that job while an armed guard is present!

  • posted at 2:29 am on Wed, Dec 19, 2007.


    whoa Nellie-95%? how about 99%?

  • posted at 2:10 am on Wed, Dec 19, 2007.


    Here is a perfect example of a young couple trying to own their own business, providing a very needed service to the East Side, and chances are probably 95% true that this was a (for lack of a better term) brown on brown crime. I'm sure the cops will find the robbers living in those East Elm apts.



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