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Laurens Drugs burglarized, cash taken

Officers from the Laurens Police Department responded Tuesday morning to a break-in at Laurens Drugs on West Main Street.

The burglary apparently occurred overnight either on Monday night or the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to the Laurens Police Department. The LPD was called after employees arrived to open the drug store around 8 a.m.

LPD Assistant Chief Maj. Chrissie Cofield said there was evidence of forced entry at the scene, and investigators are reviewing security camera footage.

The burglars took an undisclosed amount of money from a cash register, but did not steal from the pharmacy itself.

“No drugs were stolen,” Cofield said. “No prescription drugs or narcotics were taken.”

Laurens Drugs pharmacists conducted a “hard count” of drugs in its pharmacy and found nothing missing, she said.

Cofield also said there is no apparent link to another burglary at Laurens Family Medicine that occurred sometime between 4 p.m. Sunday and early Monday morning. There, burglars stole electronic equipment.

“We don’t believe they are connected,” she said.

Cofield added that investigators are hoping to find “valuable information” on the recordings from the store’s security cameras.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call the LPD at 865-984-3532 or through Crimestoppers at 682-CRIME. All tips through Crimestoppers remain anonymous.

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