TEUTOPOLIS — The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident at Kremer Pharmacy at 206 N. Pearl in Teutopolis, where two people allegedly attempted to gain access early Saturday morning.
Phone and Internet lines were cut going into the building and there were pry marks on the north entry door to the pharmacy. Police were called to the pharmacy at 8:47 a.m. Saturday.
Sheriff Dave Mahon said surveillance video shows activity on the premises at 5:12 a.m. Saturday. Two white males dressed in black with their faces covered are shown in the video. One male with small build is shown using a large yellow crowbar on the north door to gain entry. The second suspect is described as having a heavyset build.
The video shows the door opening, but then the suspects running off, said Mahon. Likely the alarm sounded and caused them to flee, he said. He added that although the alarm sounded inside, it didn't alert police at that time because of the cut phone lines.
“Nothing was discovered to be missing from the pharmacy,” said Mahon.
Pharmacist and store owner Duane Kremer said the damage to the phone and Internet lines affected services on Saturday morning until Frontier and Mediacom workers were able to complete the repairs. The cut wires kept the pharmacy from processing credit cards and receiving new prescription orders that morning.
The case could lead to charges of criminal damage to property and attempted burglary, Mahon said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 217-342-2101 or Crimestoppers at 34-SOLVE.
Dawn Schabbing can be reached at email@example.com or 217-347-7151 ext. 138.