SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) – Authorities are looking for a group of burglars who hit four pharmacies, including a Walgreens, in the Santa Clarita Valley early Thursday morning.
The burglaries began at 12:30 a.m. and ran through 4:30 a.m. They occurred in Saugus, Valencia, Castaic and Newhall, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
At around 12:30 a.m., the burglars hit a drug store in the 27000 block of Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus. The second burglary occurred at The Druggist, located in the 27800 block of Smyth Drive in Valencia.
The burglars then struck a Walgreens located in the 27900 block of Sloan Canyon Road in Castaic. At around 4:30 a.m., the finally burglary occurred at the Newhall Pharmacy located at 24239 Main St., the sheriff’s department said.
In all the burglaries, the suspects stole drugs and syringes, LASD reports. In the Walgreens burglary, the suspects also stole cigarettes.
The burglars broke in by either prying open the front doors or smashing the windows.
No arrests have been made. Investigators are hoping surveillance video will help them identify the culprits.
KCAL9’s Jeff Nguyen says that at one of the break-ins, a suspect left a yellow crowbar on the counter.
A second appeared to have a limp or an odd step after landing a jump.
“They need help,” said Joel Abergel, owner of the Druggist.
He also said the thieves picked the wrong place — they don’t carry the types of pain pills often abused by people.
“It’s definitely not a good place for that,” he said, “we just don’t carry them.”