Two Pine Belt pharmacies burglarized, authorities say both possibly linked

Two Pine Belt pharmacies burglarized, authorities say both possibly linked
Authorities are investigating two pharmacy break-ins. Source: WDAM

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A Petal and Ellisville pharmacy were burglarized overnight and authorities say the two could be linked.

Petal break-in:

Petal police are investigating an early morning break-in at a local pharmacy.

Shortly after midnight two unidentified black males made entry into Petal Drug Store through the front door.

"They broke the glass out of the front door, which is similar to a recent pharmacy break-in that happened at Rodgers Family Pharmacy back in December," said Petal Police Sgt. Detective Sammy Ray. "That break-in is the same method of entry, it was also two black males, with a similar build."

The suspects were wearing sweat shirts with hoods and bandanas over their faces according to Ray.

According to Ray, the two men stole an undisclosed amount of narcotics.

If you have any information regarding the crime, contact Petal Police at 601-544-5331 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-stop.

Ellisville break-in:

Ellisville police are also investigating a burglary at Jones County Drugs.

According to Ellisville Police Investigator Scott Wuertz, the business was burglarized possibly before midnight.

"They parked behind the store in the dark, and they made entry through front door," said Wuertz. "They smashed the front door down low, they went right for the drugs, they took the trash bags and cans and filled them and left."

If you have any information regarding the crime, contact police at 601-477-9252.

Authorities from both agencies say that the two crimes are likely connected due to the closet proximity and the similar nature of the crime.

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is also assisting with the case.