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RNC investigating another backhoe-assisted heist, this time in St. John’s

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is investigating another commercial break and entry involving a stolen backhoe, this one early Monday morning at a pharmacy in St. John’s.

At approximately 6:20 am, the RNC received a report of an alarm at the pharmacy at Dominion on Blackmarsh Road.

Suspects used a backhoe, stolen from the Elizabeth Avenue area, to force their way into the pharmacy causing damage to the business.

The suspects then fled the area on foot, taking with them a large quantity of medications including narcotics.

Last week, thieves used a similar tactic when a stolen backhoe was used the bash in the front windows of the Lawton’s pharmacy in Paradise.

In that incident, an ATM was stolen from the premises.

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The RNC wishes to advise the public that prescription medication can be hazardous if not consumed appropriately.

The backhoe used in the Dominion break and entry was recovered at the scene.

No arrests have been made.

One of the suspects was wearing an orange safety-type jacket while another was wearing a red hoodie with the numbers “72” on the back in white.

As the investigation continues, police ask anyone with information to contact them or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can now provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at

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