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Copperhill Police are searching for the two masked burglars who broke into a local drug store early Sunday morning making off with a large quantity of prescription drugs.
by Richard Scott

Copperhill Police are searching for the two masked burglars who broke into a local drug store early Sunday morning making off with a large quantity of prescription drugs.
Investigators say Chad Smith, the owner of Tallent Drugs at 117 Ocoee Street was notified by his Alarm Company at 7:30am Sunday that an alarm had been tripped at the pharmacy. Polk County 911 wasn’t notified of the alarm until 8:37am, when Smith called dispatchers and said he had found the rear door of the drug store propped open with a newspaper when he arrived.  The 911 Dispatcher instructed Smith not to enter the building until police responded.  
Copperhill Police Chief Billy Brackett was the first officer to arrive on the scene, entering the drug store to find the door to the pharmacy area had been broken down, and a locked storage cabinet broken into, with the thieves taking the prescription pain killers that had been stored inside.
According to Chief Brackett, the entire heist was captured on video by the eight security cameras around the drug store, and was carried out in under four minutes. Chief Brackett says the video shows a car pulling up behind the drug store in the parking lot beside the Ocoee River, and two men exiting the vehicle. The pair then pop out the lock on the rear door to enter the pharmacy, spending only about two minutes inside the building before exiting with their haul. After re-entering their car, the robbers drove their vehicle across the open lot between the drug store and other buildings on the block and turned right onto Ocoee Street, then right at the three-way stop on to Southbound Highway 5 heading  toward Blue Ridge.
Chief Brackett described the vehicle used in the robbery as a 2011 to 2013 Toyota Avalon with dark tinted windows and a sunroof. A license plate could not be made out on the security video. The suspects were described as two white males, one larger build, the second smaller in build, about 5-foot 8 inches tall.  Both are seen on the video wearing Ski Masks, Camouflage clothing and gloves.
According to Chief Brackett, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Copperhill Police Department in its investigation. Video from the theft is being examined by the TBI’s Technical Services Unit, which may be able to enhance images to provide a better description of the thieves and their getaway vehicle. Police are also looking at video from security cameras at other businesses in the area, including video captured by cameras at the nearby Copper Pantry Convenience Store on Highway 5 in McCaysville, in the hopes of finding other images of the suspects.
Chief Brackett expects to release pictures of the suspects to local media in the next few days. In the meantime, he’s asked that anyone with information about the theft call the Copperhill Police Department at 423-496-5112.

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