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Pharmacy robberies on the increase

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Robbers after drugs have held up pharmacies in the metro three times in only a few weeks, and the crime is on the rise across the country.

Last month, a man walked into an Overland Park CVS pharmacy and robbed the store of the drug hydrocodone. 

Earlier this month in Independence, a man and woman were wanted in connection to a Walgreens robbery where police say the woman robbed a pharmacy employee at gunpoint and got away with hundreds of dollars in prescription drugs. 

Also this month, the Walgreens on Northeast Vivion Road in Kansas City was hit for drugs. Police say the two men walked into the store, demanded and received prescription pills before running off.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, pharmacy robberies are on the rise across the country. There were 713 in 2013, 829 last year and there have already been 203 reported in just the first three months of 2015.

Pharmacist Daniel Reif doesn't need a report to tell him things are bad.

“I've been burglarized in the last six months. I've had a theft in the last six months and it's definitely starting to get out of hand,” Reif said.

Reif said there isn't just one specific hot drug item.

“We've had our Oxycodone, Diazepams, Valiums, a little bit of everything... they seem to want,” he said.

Now he's forced to make changes to keep him and his employees safe. Reif said he's keeping less product in his store and only ordering the most stolen drugs on an as-needed basis for an overnight delivery. 

He says this way crooks won't find what they're looking for, but he and his employees can still get the right medicine to people who legitimately and legally are supposed to have them.

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