TROY - Brown's Pharmacy on Canton Street in Troy was burglarized at 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

During the burglary, items were taken from inside the business, and an evaluation is being done to determine if anything else was taken, said pharmacy owner John Brown.

Brown said that he commended Troy Police Chief Jarvis Burlingame for his prompt response.

He said Burlingame arrived within five minutes after the alarms went off.

Brown said the burglary both concerns and frustrates him.

He said there has been a rash of break-ins of pharmacies in New York State recently. Brown said he doesn't know if the burglary of his pharmacy is related to these other burglaries in the Southern Tier of New York, however.

He said that he will take extra precautions, and said the police will be keeping a close eye on his pharmacy.

Brown said it's the fourth time his Troy pharmacy has been burglarized. It was most recently burglarized about two years ago.

He said his pharmacy in Canton was also broken into twice about two to three years ago.

Brown said he is concerned that criminals may have picked up on the recent reports from various media outlets about the reduced police force in Troy, following the resignations of Troy Police Chief Kyle Wisel, full-time officer Floyd MacDonald, and a part-time officer.

Currently, council is going through the civil service process to fill two full-time police officer positions.

Troy police reported that the perpetrator is still at large.

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