THE thieves gained entry through this hole in the roof.
THE thieves gained entry through this hole in the roof.

Drug syndicate blamed for raid on Lismore pharmacy

A ‘VERY organised’ gang of thieves escaped with a large amount of morphine and other painkillers after they broke through the roof of Terry White Chemist at the Lismore Central shopping centre, police have said.

The thieves opened roof sheeting and removed ceiling tiles in order to lower themselves directly into the pharmacy.

Crime prevention officer Michael Hogan said police suspected a crime syndicate was responsible.

“There is a fair chance it is professionals,” Snr Const Hogan said.

“Syndicates from the Gold Coast have operated in the region in the past.”

Snr Const Hogan said there was nothing new about criminals gaining entry through a roof cavity and that similar crimes had occurred in the region over the past three years.

“In Ballina a few years ago thieves broke into 10 shops in a row in this way,” he said.

The thieves managed to break into the safe, but left behind very few clues.

“They didn’t leave any postcards,” Snr Const Hogan said.

The crime was discovered at 8am on Monday when staff arrived for work.

The chemist did not have security cameras or alarms.

Snr Const Hogan said, due to the sophisticated techniques used by criminals these days, businesses should consider using modern technology to protect themselves.

“They need to use alarms and CCTV,” he said.

Snr Const Hogan said he was concerned the stolen drugs, in the wrong hands, had the potential to kill.

Police had already contacted the North Coast Area Health Service to warn medicos the drugs were now probably in the community.

“They will be on the streets,” Snr Const Hogan said.

“They are a danger waiting to happen and if they were injected they could kill.”
Snr Const Hogan said police needed the community to help solve the crime and asked that anyone with information call Lismore police on 66260599.


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