By TIFFANY RONEY
When a local pharmacist walked into his store Wednesday morning the first thing he saw was broken glass.
Andrew Brown, pharmacist of Patterson’s Pharmacy, said he believes the break-in occurred shortly after midnight.
“I don’t know that they were after anything specific,” Brown said. “The point is, I don’t know that they knew what they were after. They took what was easy to grab and that’s about it, so very little is missing. I believe our biggest loss was actually the glass on the door.”
Though few items were missing, Brown said some medications were taken. No money was missing, though, and nothing appeared disturbed other than a small amount of merchandise lying on the floor.
“We still have to do some inventory on some things, some liquids,” Brown said. “It’s kind of a tricky situation.”
Brown said the store will continue to take the same precautions it already uses.
“We have security systems and they were activated and they did their job,” Brown said. “I don’t think there will be anything that we’re going to change. We’ll hope for different circumstances next time.”
The most common businesses to be robbed are convenience stores, service stations, liquor stores, jewelry stores and supermarkets, according to Rutgers University. These businesses are prime targets because they are often open late, have limited staff and sell valuable merchandise.
With a staff of at least five staff members almost always present and a closing time of 6 p.m., Patterson’s fits only one of those descriptions: its valuable merchandise.
“It’s kind of sad to see something like this happen in Abilene,” Brown said. “You don’t think of things like this happening, but from time to time, it happens. I guess we were just unfortunate that it was us this time.”
Though the morning began with the sight of destruction, the pharmacy stayed open and the workday went forward as usual.
“It was an exciting morning for us, but all in all, I think everything worked out,” Brown said.