Medication the focus of early morning Medicine Shoppe burglary

March 12, 2014
Santa Paula News

By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula Times Santa Paula Police are asking the public’s help in finding a suspect who burglarized a pharmacy early Monday taking an undisclosed amount of medication.

According to Sgt. Jeremy Watson, police were notified March 10 at 2:35 a.m. that a burglar alarm at The Medicine Shopped, located in the 400 block of Ojai Road near Virginia Terrace, had been activated.

“Upon arrival officers observed that the glass in the entry door to the business was shattered,” and Watson said when they made entry there was no suspect inside.

But, he added, “An unknown amount of prescription medication was taken from the business by the suspect who appeared to be alone.”

Officers reviewed video surveillance but could not identify the burglar, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and gloves.

In addition, “It appeared the suspect was wearing some sort of a mask to conceal his or her face... “

Pharmacies are often targeted for the theft of prescribed narcotics, as pain relievers and tranquilizers among other medications that can be sold illegally for high prices.  

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Santa Paula Police at 525-4476.

If the caller would prefer to remain anonymous, they can call the SPPD recorded Tip Hotline, 933-5691.

In addition, tips can be emailed to the SPPD at

Those with information can also call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477). The caller may remain anonymous and the call is not recorded.

Ventura County Crime Stoppers can also be contacted by texting “Busted” plus your message to CRIMES (274637). 

Crime Stopper Tips can also be sent via the website,   

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,000 reward for a tip that leads to a felony arrest as confirmed by the arresting agency. 

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