Someone attempted to burglarize five locally owned pharmacies over the weekend, according to law enforcement reports. Now, investigators are seeking information about the incidents.
Sometime on Saturday or Sunday, when the stores were not open, the suspect or suspects disconnected the power supply and security alarms at Forest Heights Pharmacy near Statesboro; Brooklet Drug in Brooklet (owned by Walker Pharmacy); and Southern Pharmacy, McCook's Pharmacy and Riggs Pharmacy, all in Statesboro.
In one of the five attempted burglaries, the utility box was disconnected and removed from Forest Heights Pharmacy, located outside Statesboro's city limits, said Bulloch County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Akins. The suspect did not gain entry into the building, he said.
In another incident, Brooklet police Chief Max Meyer said officers performing building checks over the weekend discovered exterior damage to Brooklet Drug but found that the person responsible did not gain entry. The store's alarm system was disabled because the power had been cut off, he said, adding that the method of attempted burglaries is similar to cases in northern Georgia.
Statesboro police Maj. Rob Bryan, interim chief, said the power was cut in the three Statesboro incidents as well — at McCook's, Riggs and Southern pharmacies — in a manner indicating the crimes were committed by the same person or persons who attempted to break into the other two drug stores. Again, nothing was stolen, and the offender or offenders did not enter the stores, he said.
Monday on Facebook, Statesboro police released surveillance photos of a male suspect outside one of the pharmacies who appears to be tampering with the utility box. A car pictured nearby is not associated with the suspect, Bryan said.
Anyone with information about the crimes or the pictured suspect is asked to call the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911, the Brooklet Police Department at (912) 842-9911 or the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office at (912) 764-8888.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.