Law enforcement officials caught a pair of pharmacy burglars after they luckily guessed which store would be their next target. According to the Los Angeles Times, police cemented a GPS device in one bottle of cough syrup at the Creative Compounding Pharmacy in Tustin, Calif., which was nabbed by suspects Brian Vega Salina, 20, and Willie James Clark, 21.
The stolen item remained on the shelf months before Salina and Clark swiped it in November. The same pharmacy was burglarized four years ago, and although the thieves were recorded on camera, they were never arrested. For store owner Denise Taylor, the GPS method “paid off” in this incident.
Officials covertly followed Clark and Salinas’ every move to build up evidence, and later arrested the young men, marking this as a first time success of a GPS’ use in a pharmaceutical bust.
“The technology allows us to secrete the system in a variety of items and is only limited by our imagination,” a statement from the police reads. “We will continue using this technology as we want every criminal who is considering stealing something in our city to wonder if a GPS device is hidden inside.”
Over the years, cases of people stealing cough syrup have occurred across the country from Buffalo, New York where one man received a 6-month sentence, and in Lawrenceville, Ga., where two robbers swiped the medicine from a CVS.