Burglary to feed drug trade

DETERMINED thieves knew exactly what they were after when they used a tyre iron to smash a window of a Bargara chemist.

The crooks made a beeline for the cold and flu medications at Soul Pattinson Chemist, Bargara Central Shopping Village, on Tuesday night, stealing about 120 boxes of tablets — some containing an ingredient used to make methamphetamines.

“They went straight to the tablet section and took products containing pseudoephedrine,” Bundaberg Police Sergeant Mike McLellan said.

The alarm sounded at 11.55pm when the glass window was broken, but the offenders quickly left the scene.

Detective Sergeant Scott Wiggins said it was not immediately clear how many of the stolen packets contained the potentially-dangerous ingredient.

“Police are making inquiries in relation to CCTV footage,” Det Sgt Wiggins said.

Tuesday night’s break-in came just weeks after two other pharmacies were hit in one night by suspected drug gangs, who stole cold and flu products.

“We believe it is drug-related because some of the stolen medications can be used to manufacture methamphetamines,” Det Sgt Wiggins said.

However, he said it was unknown whether the break-ins were linked.

Staff at the Bargara Soul Pattinson Chemist declined to comment.



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