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Two Local Pharmacies Targeted in Just Four Days

Fox Point police have partial fingerprints, but no suspects yet.

Two Fox Point pharmacies were hit by criminals within just a four-day period, resulting in a lot of broken glass and missing baby formula.

Chief Tom Czaja said he does not believe there is any connection between the incidents.

Broken glass at CVS Pharmacy

The first burglary happened around 6:30 a.m. Aug. 14, when an officer noticed the emergency exit glass door at the CVS Pharmacy in the River Point Shopping Center didn't quite look right.

There was shattered glass lying on the sidewalk and inside the store, along with a small, silver, metal flashlight lying inside the shattered glass on the sidewalk the report said.

When officers searched the pharmacy, no one was inside and nothing seemed damaged or out of place.

The CVS regional manager arrived shortly after and confirmed nothing seemed missing or damaged. Surveillance footage showed someone entering the store at 4 a.m., and shielding their eyes to look through the clear plastic of the doors into the pharmacy. The report says there was a damaged, locked rear door leading into the pharmacy, and the wooden door had three deep impact points near the handle.

Officers collected five partial fingerprints off of the accordion door that the video showed the suspects had been touching. They also found what seemed to be facial oil on two small areas of the clear plastic of the doors.

Baby Formula Theft in Progress

Only three days later, around 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 17, CVS was hit again but this time, the thief was just on his way out. 

Dispatch gave a officers a description of the man and said he had fled northbound through the parking lot, however neither Fox Point or were able to find the vehicle.

The CVS manager said he was near the front checkout counter when he heard the stores anti-theft alarm ping from the exit door area the report said. When he looked up, he saw a man carrying a large white paper bag leave the store. He followed the man outside and saw him jump into a vehicle.

A 41-year-old Bayside woman told police she saw the man carrying a white “department store” bag that contained roughly six cans of baby formula. She also said the man was acting suspicious near the front of the store because he kept looking over his shoulder. The estimated total loss of the formula comes to $132.84.

Broken Window at Walgreens

Hours later, another pharmacy is hit. As officers patrolled past Walgreens around 12:20 a.m. Aug. 18, they found a shattered window with a a lot of glass lying on the sidewalk and inside the lobby.

The manager arrived and unlocked the doors so officers could search the building. They did not find anyone inside, and the manager confirmed no items were missing or damaged. The estimated damage for the window is $498.75.

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