Greeneville robbery fits same profile as Morristown heist
The masked men who pulled off a lightning-strike burglary at a Greeneville pharmacy early Sunday morning are very likely the same ones who executed a similar heist in Morristown on July 21, a Morristown Police Department detective said this morning.
The bandits spent just 50 seconds inside Greene County Drug on Tusculum Boulevard, but managed to escape with 7,000 hydrocodone pills, 1,000 Phenobarbital pills, 500 generic Valiums and 1,000 of another type of pill, according to Greeneville police.
The similarities are too numerous to ignore, according to MPD Detective Lt. Chris Blair who heads up the department’s narcotics and vice division.
Greeneville Police Chief Terry Cannon said this morning the perpetrators were in a white Chrysler 300, the same type vehicle the Morristown burglars drove, according to Blair. Cannon says the inventory at the pharmacy may not be complete.
In both instances, the bandits, who also wore gloves, struck approximately 30 minutes before shift change on Sunday morning, and investigators haven’t ruled out the possibility that a tail vehicle followed the Chrysler.
Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt says almost-identical drug-store robberies have been reported in other Tennessee cities and throughout the Southeast.
The haul at the Greeneville pharmacy was far less than the take at Fountain Plaza Pharmacy on West Andrew Johnson Highway in July, but in Morristown the burglars were inside the store for three full minutes.
In Morristown, the bandits got a large number of oxycodone, morphine, Demerol, methadone, Dilaudid and a drug commonly prescribed to treat attention-deficit disorder.
In the Greene County drug heist, a man who was riding in the back of the Chrysler popped the lock on the front door with bolt cutters, according to a police report. He also was in the rear seat when the driver made his getaway at 6:29 a.m.
The vehicle was last seen traveling north on Tusculum Boulevard. Those with information about the Greeneville pharmacy robbery are encouraged to call the GPD at 423-639-7111.
Tips about the Fountain Plaza Pharmacy burglary should go the MPD at 423-585-2710.
- By Robert Moore, Tribune Staff Writer