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Man steals thousands of pills from Murfreesboro pharmacy

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It took only a couple minutes for thousands of pills to go from a Murfreesboro pharmacy's shelf into a thief's pockets Tuesday.

Police say a man ran into the Walgreen's pharmacy at 2401 Old Fort Parkway and demanded all sorts of painkillers, and investigators are wondering whether a recent big bust is actually contributing to more of these crimes.

According to the police report, a man handed the Walgreen's pharmacist an envelope that read "Give me what I need. I have a gun."

"The pharmacist did exactly what they are trained to do. She handed over the drugs, put it in a bag, gave it to the subject, he then left the area and fled the area on foot," Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans said.

The robber got away with 1,500 Xanax pills, 600 Oxycodone and 1,200 morphine pills.

Those thousands of pills are now in the wrong hands.

"In some of the robberies, such as the one last night, the robbers are actually stealing pills for their own personal use rather than for sale or resale," Evans said.

Murfreesboro police say one guy robbed a pharmacy on Memorial Boulevard a few months back and took so many pills that officers found him dead the next day.

And some people are going through extreme measures to steal pills. A few months ago police say someone actually cut a hole through the exterior wall at Terrance Pharmacy, crawled in and stole a number of pills.

"We're beginning to see these robberies more and more frequently in stores like Walgreen's, other pharmacies, stores, using unconventional means of breaking into pharmacies such as using a truck to knock down a wall," Evans said.

And with last month's federal raid that shut down Total Pain Solutions on South Church Street, Murfreesboro police only expect what happened Tuesday to happen again.

Investigators say the suspect who robbed the Walgreen's Tuesday fled on foot to the area of a Kroger grocery on Old Fort Parkway, and police ask anyone who saw that person to call police.

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