Pair wanted in drug store thefts


MERRIMACK - Police here are looking for a pair of men suspected in the theft of thousands of dollars of heartburn medication and oral hygiene products from pharmacies in three towns. The two men allegedly took a large quantity of Prilosec and "high-end" oral hygiene products like electric toothbrushes from the CVS Pharmacy in Connell's Plaza on Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack, according to police. The products, worth a combined $2,474, were taken around 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, said Merrimack police Detective Kenneth Stimson. He said there's no inherent black market value to the stolen items. Prilosec, a heartburn medication, isn't like some cold medicines that can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, and police weren't sure why the pair wanted to steal them. "Bad case of heartburn? I don't know," Stimson said. It's possible, he said, that the items would be sold through a series of fences until they show up in a "mom and pop" store for sale. Within the hour of the Merrimack theft, similar thefts were carried out at CVS stores in Hudson and Londonderry, Stimson said. Because of the scope of the thefts and the fact that all three were carried out in a short period, Stimson said police believe the pair is part of an "organized criminal enterprise." "They know what they're doing. No doubt about that," Stimson said. One of the suspects is described as being in his early to mid-30s, standing 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 160-180 pounds. The other man is described as 50-55 years old, standing 6 feet to 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 180-200 pounds, according to police. Both were wearing dark clothing and dark baseball hats and a dark blue, SUV-style vehicle with Massachusetts license plates was spotted at all three crimes, Stimson said. Hudson police Sgt. Tad Dionne said officers responded to the CVS at 77 Derry Road around 2:30 p.m. Friday for a reported robbery and said two male suspects made off with about $1,300 in oral hygiene products and batteries. It's possible a third suspect, a woman, was involved in the Hudson theft, Dionne said. The two male suspects in Hudson roughly matched the descriptions of those in the Merrimack theft. Londonderry police Lt. Scott Saunders said a theft at the CVS at 177 Mammouth Road in Londonderry was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday. At that time, a male caller reported seeing another man possibly stealing something from the store and fleeing on foot with a purple bag. Shortly before 5 p.m., CVS employees reported to police that a theft had occurred "earlier in the day," Stimson said. "Whether those reports are related, I can't tell you," he said. Stimson said he hopes residents will be able to help identify the men. "Right now, I'm just trying to figure out who these dudes are." Anyone with information about the thefts can call Stimson at 420-1811 or the Merrimack Crimeline at 424-2424. Stimson said information provided to the Crimeline that leads to the arrest and or conviction of the men could earn the tipster up to $1,000.
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