Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thieves Target Medication

Law enforcement officers in the Cookeville area say they are investigating a handful of cases this month in which thieves break into homes with the intent of stealing prescription drugs. But officials say that's not the only way they're getting illicit medications. A Putnam County woman reported to the sheriff's department that she arrived home earlier this month from a trip to Walgreen's where she had picked up her husband's medicine when a red truck passed her house, turned around and pulled into the driveway. A white male wearing brown shorts, but no shirt got out and asked the woman if she knew a girl named Jessica. When the woman said she did not, the man reached for a purse on the driver's side floorboard of the victim's truck. But the woman says she was able to grab the purse, so the man then reached into the truck and got a box of brake pads, but gave them back and scooped up all seven prescription medicines -- none of which were narcotic -- and ran back to his own vehicle and sped off. Investigation continues.