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Walgreens burglary

Mattoon police officers are shown Tuesday morning as they assist with the investigation of a burglary at Walgreens.

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MATTOON -- Police officers are investigating a burglary in which various amounts of prescription pain medications were stolen during the early morning hours from the Walgreens store in Mattoon.

Chief Jason Taylor of the Mattoon Police Department said the burglary occurred sometime between 3 and 5 a.m. Tuesday while Walgreens, 212 S. Logan Ave., was closed for the night.

The store was closed Tuesday morning while police officers conducted the crime scene investigation there. Taylor said at about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday that the store was expected to reopen within the hour.

"We are assessing what kind of evidence we have and we are going to go forward from here," Taylor said. He added that the Mattoon Police Department plans to inquire if any other Walgreens stores in the region also were the targets of burglaries overnight.

Taylor said the type of pain medications that were stolen at the Mattoon Walgreens are often sold illicitly on the street. Taylor said this is the first time, to his knowledge, that such a burglary has occurred at the Mattoon Walgreens.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Mattoon Police Department at 217-235-5451, or private message the department on Facebook. Individuals may also contact the Coles County Crime Stoppers program at 1-866-345-8488 or utilize the Crime Stoppers mobile app.

The Mattoon Police Department reported in a press release that anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of subjects responsible for this crime will receive a reward of $500. Individuals who provide information will always remain anonymous.

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