Thieves get away with painkillers from Detroit pharmacy

Pharmacy manager says break-in is 3rd in recent weeks


DETROIT – Detroit police and DEA agents are investigating a pharmacy break-in Wednesday morning where thieves got away with thousands of dollars in prescription painkillers.

Ibrahim Khanafer runs the St. Joseph Medical Center and Pharmacy on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Nevada Street on the city's east side. He said Wednesday's break-in is the third in recent weeks.

"We have two layers, actually, of bars. Plus, the glass inside," Khanafer said. "And they do it in the morning time, 7 a.m."

Khanafer has the thieves on camera breaking down the pharmacy's door with a crowbar. They also busted through window.

"They are professional, they know what they're doing," Khanafer said.

The DEA is involved in the investigation because of the amount of prescription pills that were stolen.