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Discussion in 'Methamphetamine' started by Alfa, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Jan 14, 2003
    117 y/o from The Netherlands

    Program Aims To Make Employees Aware Of Items Used To Make Drug

    EAST PEORIA - At Pekin's Kmart store, only DVDs and CDs are reportedly stolen more often than cold medication.

    In East Peoria, at Sutherland ACE Hardware, purchases of paint thinners, lithium batteries and muriatic acid are closely watched.

    The Illinois State Police wants as many stores as possible that sell items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine to be more willing to report suspicious purchases to law enforcement.

    "Why is a 17-year-old kid coming into my store to buy muriatic acid?"

    Master Sgt. Tony Lebron said Friday before about 20 law enforcement officials and merchants at East Peoria's Par-A-Dice Hotel. "If he's coming in the store to buy muriatic acid, lithium batteries and coffee filters, that should set off some bells and whistles."

    Lebron introduced a new educational program aimed at alerting store employees what to look out for whenever there is a suspicious purchase of items used to manufacture methamphetamine.

    The program centers around a colorful poster that will be available to most stores selling items commonly involved in the making of meth.

    At the bottom of each poster is a section where store management can list a local police agency's phone number so employees can report a suspicious sale.

    In addition, the State Police are establishing a location in Springfield to serve as an "intelligence gathering" facility where all information about suspicious product sales will be reported.

    Kennedy said the centralized location allows State Police to better their communications with local merchants and police departments on how best to handle the growing problems of meth.

    Questionable purchases at pharmacies and hardware stores have been a problem in Tazewell County since the meth epidemic began in 2002.

    Since then, store managers at Walgreens, Wal-Mart and Kmart, among others, have informed their employees on what to monitor. In some cases, display cases of cold medication are locked up and can only be accessed by store management.

    At Kmart in Pekin, store employees "tag" each box of cold medicine and if the package is stolen from the store, an alarm will sound.

    But, "It doesn't prevent (thefts) because they take the pills out of the box," said Candace Williams, the store's loss prevention officer.

    At hardware stores, store employees sometimes recognize the people who are making suspicious purchases.

    "If you come into the store to buy four gallons of acetone three to four times a week, it sets up an alarm for us," said Mike Sutherland, owner of the East Peoria ACE Hardware store.

    Business owners who want more information about the program or who want to obtain a poster can call the State Police at 383-2133, ext. 222, and ask for Lebron.
  2. WhiteRyan

    WhiteRyan Newbie

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    Oct 31, 2004
    Its pretty funny how alot of clerks are so unaware when ppl are buying 10 boxes of matches, or muriatic, horse enzyme whatever. Usually the only one that ive heard of setting off the bell was the horse crap and the psuedo pills. All and all they never give a shit.....Not that I buy that stuff I mean come on...