Shawnee police are working to identify two suspects who broke into a local pharmacy and took nearly $26,000 worth of narcotic pain medications.

Shawnee police are working to identify two suspects who broke into a local pharmacy and took nearly $26,000 worth of narcotic pain medications.

Detective Jason Crouch said thousands of pills were stolen during that burglary of Harrison Discount Pharmacy, 1442 N. Harrison.

He said one suspect wore a full mask and the other a partial mask, but they do know from surveillance video that one of the suspects is a white male.

Crouch, who said the suspects used a pickaxe and steel rod to pry open doors before busting the glass, said the incident occurred about 4:40 a.m. Saturday.

Once inside, the thieves took an entire lockbox containing Schedule II narcotics, including Oxycontin and Methadone, police said.

And while the incident set off the business alarm, employees at a nearby Taco Bell also called police when they saw two men leaving the south door that had been busted out.

While Crouch said police arrived within 30 second of receiving the call, the suspects were gone.

David Nicklas, owner of the pharmacy, provided surveillance video of the incident to police. He said the suspects were in and out of pharmacy in less than two minutes.

As a result of the burglary, Nicklas said cleanup was completed to reopen and new security measures are in place to better safeguard the medications.

“We’re doing things to enhance security,” he said. “I’ve been here 30 years and have never been broke into.”

Nicklas said he feels like an unsuccessful break-in attempt several weeks ago could be linked to this burglary.

Crouch said other area pharmacies also are on alert because of this incident.

Anyone with information about the case should call 878-1630.