Police search for break-in suspect

PARKERSBURG – Police are searching for the suspect in Sunday’s break-in at Cox’s Pharmacy on Garfield Avenue.

At 11:10 p.m. Sunday, Parkersburg Police received a report of a break-in at the Pars Brain and Spine Center at 1212 Garfield Ave., said Police Chief Joseph Martin.

Officers were on the scene 36 seconds after being dispatched, Martin said. However, they did not find anyone in the building after searching, he said.

Parkersburg Police officers found broken glass and blood at the scene, as well as fingerprints, Martin said. This evidence has been collected and sent to the state laboratory for further testing and hopefully suspect identification, Martin said.

Officers discovered a broken window on a door on the west end of the Pars Brain and Spine Center building, Martin said.

Upon entering the structure, officers discovered a second broken window leading into the Cox’s Pharmacy housed within the larger Pars center, Martin said.

Officers are uncertain whether anything was stolen, Martin said. As of Monday afternoon, officers were waiting for Cox’s Pharmacy to provide them with a copy of the video surveillance at the scene, Martin said.

Employees with Cox’s Pharmacy said they will need to perform a full inventory to determine what, if anything, was stolen, Martin said.

“We believe this case is significant because there is a pharmacy within the building,” Martin said. “We assume that the suspect was trying to support a drug habit,” he said.

Anyone with information about this break-in is asked to call the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8448, the detective bureau at 304-424-8440 or to leave an anonymous tip on the department’s website at www.parkersburgpolice.com.