Three Montgomery County pharmacies targets of break-ins

Three Montgomery County pharmacies targets of break-ins

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KENSINGTON, Md. -

The owners of the Knowles Apothecary on Connecticut Avenue in Kensington have surveillance video of Wednesday night's attempted burglary.

It shows a masked person applying blue painter's tape to their glass front door and trying to kick it in. But the alarm went off and the would-be thief took off. Hossein Ejtemai, pharmacist and store co-owner, says it's the second time in a week Knowles was hit.

In a Monday night theft, he says the thief or thieves got away with a stash of controlled substances, including the highly addictive painkiller Oxycontin. He says another drug store he co-owns, Brookeville Pharmacy on Brookeville Road in Chevy Chase, was also broken into and Oxycontin was stolen on Halloween.

The Rollins Pharmacy in Rockville was also hit the same night. Alan Chiet, pharmacist and co-owner of the Brookeville Pharmacy, says street value of Oxycontin can be anywhere from $80 to $100 a tablet.

A spokesman for Montgomery County Police said he could only confirm that detectives are investigating last night's no entry, attempted burglary at the Knowles Apothecary.


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