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Police warn pharmacies are being targeted for robberies

Waterloo Regional Police have responded to seven pharmacy robberies already this year
WRPS cruiser
FILE PHOTO - Waterloo Regional Police Service.

The Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) is issuing a warning to businesses after pharmacies were targeted throughout the Region. 

Police are monitoring pharmacies and speaking with business owners and employees to ensure they have the latest information and updated safety tips. 

There have been seven reported pharmacy robberies since the beginning of the year. Investigators believe that the suspects target prescription medication that they will then sell within the community. 

Year-to-date, WRPS has responded to 24 robberies, compared to 12 robberies during the same period last year. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Service has deployed significant resources to solve these robberies, and investigators continue to work diligently to determine if organized crime is a contributing factor. 

Pharmacies are encouraged to report suspicious activity immediately to police, have more than one employee working at a time when possible and have well-maintained video surveillance equipment. 

For more safety information, please visit: Business Security - Waterloo Regional Police Service ( 

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at

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