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Thieves hit pharmacy on Main Street

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Police are investigating the theft of over 1,000 pills from an Aspen pharmacy sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Tom’s Clinic Pharmacy on Main Street reported the burglary after the staff at neighboring Orthopedic Associates discovered that one of the pharmacy’s windows had been broken. According to pharmacy owner Rodney Diffendaffer, the window was broken with a brick.

Diffendaffer said he called police last Friday after seeing a group of white males in their 20s looking in the pharmacy’s windows.

Aspen police Detective Jim Crowley would not comment on possible suspects, although he said police did collect evidence at the scene. The investigation is ongoing, he said.

The burglary is estimated to have occurred sometime between when the pharmacy closed Wednesday evening at 6 and when the broken window was discovered at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Diffendaffer said the store does have a security alarm, but it must have malfunctioned. He does not yet know the value of the pills that were taken from the pharmacy.

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Although the store is located next to a bus stop and faces Main Street with its rows of bottled prescription medications, Diffendaffer said he has never worried about a break-in.

“The last time we got broken into was in 1985, but I don’t know what happened,” he said.

There was no word on what kinds of pills were taken.

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