ATLANTA — Workers at a local pharmacy says customers are the ones who will suffer after three men broke in and stole a safe full of narcotics and other drugs.
Channel 2′s Tom Jones was in southwest Atlanta, where police say the burglars spent three hours prying the safe open at Trinity Heal Mart Pharmacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. They stole narcotics and insulin but not before damaging two walls, breaking a sink and causing the business to flood.
Prenikaer Yates, an employee at the store, was stunned at the damage they caused.
“This is unbelievable,” Yates said. “They came in from the back and they broke this wall and this wall to get into the pharmacy.”
Surveillance video shows the three men break in. They disabled one camera, but didn't seem to realize there were three other cameras recording. One burglar even grabbed a pharmacist's jacket to cover his face, but it was too late.
Clementine Nanje, the owner of the pharmacy, had a message for the burglars.
"Whoever is out there, we got your face on camera," Nanje said. "The police are coming for you."
Nanje is urging people to be on the lookout for anyone selling insulin on the street.
Workers said the criminals are not just hurting the business, but people who rely on the pharmacy for their medication.
"These are sick patients," Nanje said. "These are sick people we take care of here. How can they do this?"
Workers think the crooks are people who live in the neighborhood and are familiar with where the cameras and motion sensors are located.
"This pharmacy was open for this community, and to see what they did to us, I feel like family is doing this to me," Yates said.
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