Thieves staged a brazen heist at a pharmaceutical warehouse in Connecticut over the weekend, scaling a wall, cutting a hole in the roof and rappelling inside to steal about $70 million in antidepressants and other prescription drugs, authorities said Tuesday.
$70 million in prescription drugs stolen
The thieves disabled the alarm at the Eli Lilly & Co. warehouse early Sunday in Enfield, where they spent at least an hour loading pallets of drugs into a waiting vehicle at the warehouse's loading dock during a wind-whipped rainstorm, police said.
The thieves, whose identities remained unknown Tuesday, made off with enough drugs to fill at least one tractor-trailer, police said.
"Just by the way it occurred, it appears that there were several individuals involved and that it was a very well planned-out and orchestrated operation," Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said. "It's not your run-of-the-mill home burglary, that's for sure."
The FBI has been called in to investigate. Authorities would not comment on whether the building had surveillance video or whether employees were being investigated.
Edward Sagebiel, a spokesman for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly, placed the value of the drugs at $70 million. They included the antidepressants Prozac and Cymbalta and the anti-psychotic Zyprexa, he said.
The warehouse contained no narcotics or painkillers, he said.
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