The Mansfield Police Detective Division, the State Police, crime scene specialists with the FBI and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement are investigating a break-in at AmerisourceBergen, a pharmaceutical distribution warehouse on 101 Norfolk Street in the Cabot Industrial Park.
The theft occurred over the weekend and was discovered by police on Sunday night.
Michael Kilpatric, a spokesperson for AmerisourceBergen, said less than $500,000 worth of pharmaceuticals were stolen. Detective Sgt. Samuel F. Thompson Jr. said that number was the company cost, but the street value could be over $10 million dollars.
"I cannot comment on the specific types of drugs, but there were some painkillers and anti-anxiety pills stolen," Thompson said.
Thompson said they did not have any suspects at the same time, but they are pursuing some leads.
"We are in the preliminary interviewing phase," Thompson said.
The thieves are believed to be professional. They were able to dismantle the security system, disable the security cameras and cut a hole in the roof to get in, according to Thompson.
"They definitely knew what they were doing," Thompson said.
Kilpatric said the company is taking steps to make sure the security system is improved. He said he could not specify what types of measures they are taking.
"We will be looking at steps to improve our security," Kilpatric said.
This is the first time a theft like this has happened at the Mansfield location. Kilpatric said it does not happen often.
"This is the first time it has happened in Mansfield. It is a rare occurrence nationally," Kilpatric said.
A branch of the company in Grand Prarie, Texas was robbed in 2003. Some 1,600 Viagra tablets stolen during that theft were resold about a week later to a government confidential informant.
AmerisourceBergen’s headquarters are in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania. Revenues for fiscal 2005 were $50 billion dollars for the company. It is the leading pharmaceutical distributing company in the United States.