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January 05, 2012 9:14 am

Break-in at Powell Drug

Written by CJ Baker

An apparent burglar, or burglars, broke into a downtown drug store early Wednesday morning, but it appeared nothing was stolen, say police.

Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said officers were following up on leads and evidence left at Powell Drug.

“I’ve got guys out right now in pursuit of the investigation,” Eckerdt said Wednesday morning.

He declined to provide additional details about the North Bent Street break-in, citing the ongoing investigation. However, police provided photos of a sweatshirt they recovered at the store — a navy blue hoodie with a text and logo for Daytona Beach, Fla. Anyone who recognizes the sweatshirt or has information about who might own it is asked to contact Powell Police at 754-2212. Tips can also be reported anonymously to the Crime Tips Line at 307-764-8400 or via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

There is a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of those responsible, police said.

The drug store’s alarm system and officers already in the area on another call led to a rapid response after the 4:20 a.m. front door break in, Eckerdt said.

“We had guys on scene in seconds,” he said. No one was seen fleeing the building.

It was just a week ago, around 2:30 a.m. on Dec. 27, that a rock was thrown through Powell Drug’s back door. No one entered the building in that instance, Eckerdt said.

Powell as a whole has seen an uptick in property crime in recent weeks, including several broken vehicle windows and a couple instances of items stolen from vehicles.

Eckerdt said the warmer weather has more people out and about. He asked folks to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior.

“The community is our eyes and ears out there so before they write something off to not be anything important ... call it in and let us check things out,” Eckerdt said.

1 Comment

  • Comment Link January 06, 2012 1:11 am posted by Buddha Of Suburbia

    4:20? Drug store? Now that's funny!

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