Burglars smash cars into drugstores

Times Staff Writer

Sheriff’s investigators were searching for burglars who drove into the entrance of a pharmacy in Pico Rivera early Thursday and stole allergy and cold medicines -- the fourth such incident in the region in the last 10 days.

Deputies were dispatched to the CVS store in the 9100 block of Whittier Boulevard after the building’s burglar alarm sounded at 3:30 a.m., Sgt. Della Walls said.

The deputies found a silver Toyota Camry inside the store and an unknown quantity of drugs missing.

Before the Pico Rivera incident, deputies responded to an alarm at 1:58 a.m. Thursday at a drugstore in La Mirada. When deputies arrived, they found the door of the Rexall Drug Store in the 13900 block of Valley View Avenue smashed in and the pharmacy ransacked, said Sgt. Lisa Gonzalez of the Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk station.


About $10,000 in narcotics and other prescription medications used to make methamphetamine were taken.

“This is possibly related to the Pico Rivera incident,” Gonzalez said.

Deputies were trying to determine whether the car found at the Pico Rivera store had been stolen.

No suspects were in custody, and Walls said deputies were investigating the possibility of a link to two similar burglaries at CVS pharmacies in Whittier and Anaheim last week in which burglars stole decongestants that contain pseudoephedrine, used to make methamphetamine.