Police: 4 masked men steal narcotics from Monroe pharmacy

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MONROE — Police say four men wearing masks robbed a Rite Aid Pharmacy Wednesday afternoon, ordering employees to open a safe containing narcotics, police said.

Police said no weapons were displayed during the incident, and no injuries were reported.

The four men wearing ski masks and other face coverings entered the pharmacy on Monroe Turnpike around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Monroe police said.

“The men ordered employees to open the safe where narcotics are stored,” police said in a news release. “Once the safe was opened, they emptied the contents and exited the store.”

Police said the men then fled in a black Volkswagen Jetta with New York license plates.

Police said officers, including those who were notified in surrounding towns, were unable to locate the vehicle.

Thousands of pills of “various narcotics” were stolen during the incident, according to police.

Police in other Connecticut towns have been investigating similar crimes they believe are associated with the same crew of thieves. Last month, police in New Haven, Orange, Milford and West Haven said a group of thieves stole narcotics from four pharmacies in a span of about an hour.

It was not immediately known if the Monroe incident is connected with the others.

Anyone with information regarding the incident can contact the Monroe Police Detective Division at 203-261-3622.