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PORT VINCENT- An investigation is underway after thousands of pills were stolen from a pharmacy in Livingston Parish.

The owner of Chris' Pharmacy, Chris Williams, told News 2 the pills have a street value that exceeds $150,000. He said he realized something was wrong when he showed up for work.

"The roof had actually fallen in," Williams said. "In undoing the alarm, they pulled it off the wall and the cords caused the roof and suspended ceiling to fall in."

When Williams began looking around, he found drugs popular on the street were wiped clean from his shelves.

"Oxycontin, Loratab, Xanax," Williams said. "All the good stuff, Adderal and Ritalin."

Williams immediately called authorities and ordered more drugs from his supplier. That's when he realized his business wasn't the only one the thieves hit.

"He (the supplier) told us we're the fifth pharmacy that buys from his company that has been hit in the last month," Williams said. "Two in Prairieville, two in Baton Rouge and one here."

Port Vincent Police Chief Darryl Averett was the first on the scene. 

"It's very serious because it's stuff taken out of a drugstore that can be resold on the streets," Averett said. "The thing that concerns me is kids. If kids get hold to stuff out of here, it's bad."

As the investigation continues, federal authorities could get involved to see if four other recent pharmacy burglaries are connected. Williams believes the people who targeted his business are pros.

"They knew what they were doing," Williams said. "The alarm did not go off. They were able to circumvent it to where it didn't."

Williams said he has already upgraded his alarm system and ordered heavy-duty safes where he can store the drugs that thieves want most.

If you have any information that can lead to an arrest, call the Port Vincent Police Department at (225) 698-6115.


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