Fed to Investigate Massive Drug Heist
Some sophisticated thieves carried out an Ocean's 11-style plot to steal $70 million in drugs from Eli Lilly’s Connecticut warehouse.
They cut a hole in the ceiling, rappelled down into the drug warehouse and disabled the alarm system. By the time they were done, they had taken $75 million worth of drugs and other items from Eli Lilly’s warehouse on Freshwater Boulevard in Enfield.
The heist is certainly the largest in Enfield history and maybe even state history, Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza 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," Sferrazza said.
Police started to investigate just before 2 a.m. on Sunday and say the thieves seemed to have experience in this kind of operation and have likely done it before.
So many drugs were taken, Sferrazza said, that they would have filled at least one tractor-trailer.
Edward Sagebiel, a spokesman for Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly, said the drugs included the antidepressants Prozac and Cymbalta and the antipsychotic Zyprexa. No narcotics or painkillers were taken, he said.
Zyprexa and Cymbalta were Eli Lilly's two best-selling drugs last year. Prozac was Lilly's first billion-dollar drug and the company's top seller before it lost patent protection several years ago.
By LEANNE GENDREAU and JEFF STOECKER
Updated 11:21 AM EDT, Tue, Mar 16, 2010