Criminal Blooper Reel: Pharmacy Loses Vicodin; Burglar Loses Balance

Wipeout caught on tape

By Olsen Ebright
|  Friday, Apr 9, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM PDT
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Watch surveillance video from a pharmacy in Villa Park.

Watch surveillance video from a pharmacy in Villa Park.

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Sherriff Spokesman Provides Details of Burglary

Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino gives the details of a smash-and-grab robbery at a Villa Park pharmacy.

Why Vicodin and Not OxyContin?

Pharmacist Leslie Figgins explains why a thief may prefer Vicodin to OxyContin.
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A determined burglar in Orange County refused to give up on a heist after first, breaking in to the wrong building, and then taking a massive fall, authorities said Thursday.

On Tuesday about 4 a.m., a man cut a hole in the roof of a Villa Park beauty shop, said Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. Realizing his mistake, he exited the store's back door and tried again.

This time, he cut two holes in the roof of a pharmacy. Upon entering, he broke a sliding-glass door and began to load bottles of pills into a bag. The thief was very selective, only taking Vicodin or the synthetic form of Vicodin, Amormino said.

At one point, while standing on a pharmacy counter, the burglar takes a fall. Based on the video, it's tough to tell if the thief injured himself, said Amormino.

The man left out the back door, triggering the pharmacy's alarm. Start to finish, the burglary took about 4 minutes.

The burglar was described as a black man, between 18 and 25 years old, and between 5 feet 5 inches and 6 feet tall.

Anyone with information about the burglary can contact authorities at 1-866-TIP-OCSD (1-866-847-6273).

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