Irvine: Burglars Jump Counter, Ransack Pharmacy Before Fleeing

06.22.2022 | 9:47 PM | IRVINE – A group of burglars jumped a counter and ransacked a 24/7 pharmacy before fleeing with prescription medicine, Wednesday night.

The incident was initially reported as an armed robbery at the CVS Pharmacy, located in the 5300 block of Alton Parkway, around 9:47 PM.

Police and witnesses say that a group of four dark-skinned male suspects entered the store and jumped over the pharmacy counter before ransacking the prescription medicine area and fleeing with liquid prescription medicine.

All of the suspects were wearing masks with hoodies pulled over their faces and are believed to have fled with an accomplice waiting outside the store.

A police announcement later classified the incident as a commercial burglary and police confirmed that no weapons were seen during the incident.

A law enforcement helicopter searched for the suspects shortly after the incident occurred but the thieve were not immediately located.

The brazen burglary may be connected to a similar incident in Downey that occurred earlier that day.

The CVS Pharmacy, which usually operates 24/7, was closed for an unknown duration while police investigated the burglary.

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