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Burglar breaks into 5 businesses to clear pharmacy shelves

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TUALATIN, OR (KPTV) -

A burglar cleaned out a Tualatin pharmacy's entire stock of prescription medication after climbing through five neighboring businesses to get inside.

"There's a lot of people that needed their medicine today that couldn't get it," said Patrick Bowman, the owner of Tualatin Pharmacy. "Why would anybody take insulin? Why would anybody steal somebody else's insulin? It just makes no sense."

Police say the burglar first broke into the former Cartridge World store through a door, then either made holes in the walls or climbed through the ceiling tiles of H&R Block, Edward Jones, Fitness Together and Upscales Fish & Reptiles before getting to the pharmacy.

The burglar took very little from the other businesses, hitting the pharmacy the hardest.

Bowman opened the store two years ago and said business had recently started to take off. The burglary is devastating, he said.

"Money can be replaced. It's probably about $40,000," he said. "But I pretty much put my heart and soul into this."

A relative who owns another pharmacy is currently helping Bowman fill prescriptions for his customers.

Tualatin police are looking into whether these break-ins are connected to an April 12 burglary at strip mall on Southwest Barbur Boulevard in Portland. The burglar got into that strip mall through a vacant store, then cut through the walls to access a beauty supply store, a dry cleaning business and a hair salon, according to Portland police.

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