Connecticut drug heist has ties to Chesterfield crime

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Early Sunday morning a warehouse in Enfield, Connecticut, just outside of Hartford, was hit by thieves.

"They opened the roof large enough so they were able to repel themselves into a building with a rope.  They got into the facility, disarmed the alarm and then proceeded to steal palettes of various prescription drugs," said an Enfield police officer. 

Boxes and boxes of anti-depressants and other drugs that treat cancers were taken. The meds have a wholesale value of $75 million. It's the biggest drug heist in Connecticut and now it has ties to Chesterfield.

Chesterfield police say a similar crime happened between July 31 and August 3. Two men broke into this building. They cut a hole in the roof and repelled down. Reports indicate they stole about $6 million of pharmaceutical drugs.

The US Food and Drug Administration say large quantities of unspecified drug samples were snatched from the Chesterfield warehouse. The drugs were to be used by GlaxoSmithKline and the federal government.

In March 2009 thieves broke into a Mississippi warehouse, stealing $2 million in Bayer products.

Between these warehouse break-ins and drugs stolen off trucks more than $155 million worth of pharmaceuticals were stolen in 2009. Some of the top drugs stolen: those for cancer, asthma, allergies and diabetes.

If you have information on this Chesterfield crime, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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