NIPOMO, Calif. - Nipomo Rexall Drug on E. Tefft St. in Nipomo was burglarized by at least two thieves early Sunday morning.
According to co-owner/pharmacy manager Jessica Mashatekhan, the thieves hit the business around 1:30 a.m.
"They wait for a about a minute or so inside their car," said Mashatekhan. "One of the guys gets out of the car, comes and checks around the pharmacy, checks things out, goes back to the car, and then about a half a minute later, two guys get out of the car."
Surveillance video shot inside the store shows the two men inside the pharmacy for only about 90 seconds.
"They were quick, pacing around the pharmacy, grabbing vials," said Mashatekhan. "They grabbed a trash can that they use as their bin, and as they grabbed, they poured it into the trash can and the rest they carried out."
According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, the suspects took about $1,900 worth of narcotics.
"They almost wiped out our liquid norcos, liquid lortabs, cough syrup, the liquid shelf is almost gone," said Mashatekahn. "They were familiar with medication names. They get close to the bottle and they try to read the name of the medication. It's not like they're picking random stuff. They knew what they were looking for."
For Mashatekhan, the crime has left her angry and frustrated.
"I spent about 14 hours, early Sunday morning until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday to go through the surveillance camera. I then had to call different companies to come and get my glass door fixed, it was Sunday, no one was working," Mashatekhan. said. "Now I have to deal with Board of Pharmacy, go through my inventory, come up with my inventory missing medications for both Sheriff's office and Board of Pharmacy, so it's very time consuming."
The crime comes less than two months after a neighboring business at the Adobe Plaza was also hit by "smash-and-grab" burglars. In late July, Carats To Karat jewelry stole was burglarized and lost over $20,000 worth of merchandise.
"It's sad that this keeps reoccurring in this city because it's the same scenario," said Carats To Karat owner James Simons. "It is sad because it's the small businesses that are getting hit., small businesses that makes the community who it is. The sooner we can put a stop to it, the sooner we can all get stronger."
Since his businesses was burglarized, Simons has added security cameras at his store and is urging other nearby businesses to follow suit.
"Make sure they're in place because that's going to make a world of difference for the Sheriff's Department," said Simons.
He adds businesses at Adobe Plaza are now considering hiring private security and making sure there are surveillance cameras located throughout the shopping center.
Security cameras are already installed on west end of the center. Footage shot Sunday morning is now being viewed by Sheriff's investigators as they search for clues to determine suspects.
"They can enhance the videos and if they do, they've got a much better chance of putting an end to it. I've feeling pretty good they're going to get these guys," said Simons.
To help with the investigation, Mashatekhan is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office at (805) 781-4550