Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Druggists trick would-be OxyContin thieves

The Associated Press

        BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — It's not exactly stealing candy from a baby, but burglars who thought they were stealing OxyContin from a pharmacy got stuck with a sweet placebo.

        Pharmacy employees tired of thieves breaking in to steal the painkiller put out decoy bottles of the drug filled with candy, said Apothecare Pharmacy owner Laura Spencer.

        The burglars took the bait Monday.

        Employees had placed decoy bottles of the drug after two similar burglaries late last year, Ms. Spencer said. She said employees filled at least three 100-count bot tles with leftover Halloween candy after the second burglary in December and had left them there.

        The thieves managed to also steal hydrocodone, a pain medication, during the early morning break-in. The burglary is the third break-in there in the last four months.


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