MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A string of pharmacy thefts that police say started in New Haven ended at a Rite Aid in Milford, which was the hardest hit.
According to police, a group of men stole approximately $15,000 worth of narcotics from a Rite Aid on the Boston Post Road on Tuesday.
The Milford Police Department said three suspects arrived at the Rite Aid around 4:30 p.m. at 1360 Boston Post Road and jumped over the drop-off pharmacy counter. An employee was ordered to open a safe containing narcotics and two suspects passed the narcotics from the safe into a large shopping bag held by the third suspect who was waiting on the other side of the counter, police said.
There were other customers in the store but the men did not approach any of them.
Police said the three individuals walked calmly out of Rite Aid before fleeing in a silver SUV with a white registration plate with blue lettering. The car is believed to be a newer Buick or Nissan.
The suspects are described by police as Black men in their late teens or early twenties wearing “Nike Tech” sweats.
Before robbing the Milford pharmacy, police believe the same three men also hit pharmacies in Orange and New Haven.
The Walgreens at 88 York St. in New Haven is believed to have been targeted first on Tuesday. At 3:20 p.m. men fitting the same description jumped over the counter and stole items from the pharmacy.
“It happens all the time, day, night,” said customer Doug Kopell. “It doesn’t matter, there’s no regard.”
In Orange, a similar shoplifting incident happened at 4:24 p.m. at the Walgreens on Boston Post Road. Two suspects jumped over the pharmacy counter and stole multiple bottles of cough syrup with codeine from the shelf. The third man acted as a lookout.
No one was hurt in any of these incidents.
“There were no weapons displayed and there was no threats other than ordering the pharmacist to open the safe,” said Milford Police Officer Marilisa Anania.
There were other customers inside the store at the time of the robbery.
“Right now it’s tough, you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time when something like this happens you know. It truly makes people think ‘I may not be safe no matter where I go,’” said customer Vin Gianfredi.
Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact Detective Catino at email@example.com or via phone at (203) 783-4729.