Chemists, police to bust thieves

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE pharmacies may soon work with police to combat the theft of cold and flu tablets used in the production of methyl amphetamines and speed.

Windmill Pharmacy owner Stuart Keen said his store had been targeted seven times in the past five months, including the most recent robbery, which happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning and resulted in about $2000 worth of medication being stolen.

Gladstone Police Senior Sergeant Leigh Burt said police werewarning all pharmacists to ensure they hadadequate security procedures.

"Some of these drugs are schedule two or three drugs...and can be used to manufacture speed and amphetamines,'' he said. Snr Sgt Burt said anyone police considered to be buying large amounts of cold and flu tablets would be considered a suspect. "We're going to work with local chemists to put some things in place and it's important they ensure their trading hour and afterhour security is up to date,'' she said.

"Chemist shops are always vulnerable and police conduct patrols around these areas, but we're looking at other ways and means of assisting pharmacies to deter these thieves.



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