Criminal Blooper Reel: Pharmacy Loses Vicodin; Burglar Loses Balance

Wipeout caught on tape

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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.

    Raw Video: Burglar Falls During Pharmacy Heist

    [LA] Raw Video: Burglar Falls During Pharmacy Heist
    Watch surveillance video from a pharmacy in Villa Park.

    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.

    Sherriff Spokesman Provides Details of Burglary

    [LA] 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.

    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.

    Why Vicodin and Not OxyContin?

    [LA] Why Vicodin and Not OxyContin?
    Pharmacist Leslie Figgins explains why a thief may prefer Vicodin to OxyContin.

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