Glover Pharmacy in Jasper was the target of an attempted break-in early Friday morning, marking the fourth area pharmacy in the last few weeks that has either been burglarized or the target of a burglary.
“While Friday’s burglary isn’t completely similar to the others in Jasper and Walker County, there is a common thread that leads us to believe this could very well be connected to the others,” Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said.
The other burglaries occurred on Dec. 18 at East Point Pharmacy in Jasper, Hospital Discount Pharmacy in the Curry community and Professional Discount Pharmacy in Jasper. In all three of those incidents, the power was cut to the businesses before the break-ins. An undetermined amount of pills were taken from both East Point and Hospital Discount.
The recent rash of break-ins have led Rowe and Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey to schedule a forum for Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Jasper Police Department where the two can openly address concerns of area business owners, particularly pharmacy owners.
“We want to have an open dialogue with area pharmacy owners to talk about some practical safety tips,” she said. “We will share some theft prevention techniques and strategic ways businesses can deter would-be thieves.”
Rowe said she and Tirey have talked about the pharmacy break-ins and their agencies are working closely with each other on the crimes. Rowe also said an initial lead on the break-ins came from Frank Cole, an investigator with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office.
“We appreciate the assistance we are receiving from all area law enforcement agencies,” Rowe said.
Tirey said sharing of information is key to cracking the case.
“We are all working together, and that can make all the difference in the world when investigating something like this,” he said. “We have information that Jasper might not have, while they have information we may not have. Then the District Attorney’s Office can bring us both information. We’re working together to get the people responsible for these break-ins.”
If anyone has information regarding the recent pharmacy robberies, they should contact the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-2121, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at 205-302-6464 or the Walker County District Attorney’s Office at 205-384-7272.