“Everywhere I’ve Worked Has Had Break-Ins”

A pharmacist speaks about drug thefts after a Wednesday morning burglary arrest

A Sioux Falls homeless man is behind bars after police say he attempted to steal $5,000 in prescription pills.

Forty-two-year-old Jose Montes-Osorio was arrested early Wednesday morning after he fled from the east-side of Shopko Pharmacy off of Arrowhead Parkway.

One local pharmacist says thefts like this are not unusual, and the threat is part of the job. 

“It’s scary; I’ve been robbed at gun point in the pharmacy so I know what the feeling is,” says Linda Pierson with Pharmacy Specialties and Clinic.

Pierson has worked in drug stores since she was 14-years-old.

“Everywhere I’ve worked has had break-ins,” says Pierson. “I’ve had them come in behind me while I was working and try to take things off the shelf. It’s just something that you learn to cope with.”

During Wednesday morning’s incident, Montes-Osorio stole $5,000 dollars’ worth of prescription drugs, including Morphine and Oxycotton.

Police were tipped off from the burglar alarm going off.

“They didn’t find any forced entry all the doors seemed locked,” says Sioux Falls Police Officer Sam Clemens. “They ended up getting a hold of management who brought a key out.”

As officers were waiting, Montes-Osorio fled the back of the building and hid under a car on East 15th Street where he was arrested for 3rd degree burglary.

Pierson says these instances are going to happen, and all they can do is be prepared.

“We have cameras, we have door alarms that you need a code to get into, we also have panic buttons,” says Pierson.

Safety precautions and helping those in pain is what Pierson says outweigh the risk.

“I don’t feel afraid,” says Pierson.

Since there was no forced entry to Shopko, police are unsure as to how Montes-Sosorio got into the store.

They think he may have been hiding out inside the store until after hours.

Montes-Sosorio faces burglary, possession and theft charges.