Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the nature of the incidents.
The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating two pharmacy break-ins that occurred within minutes of each other early Monday morning.
According to authorities, Miracle Pharmacy, located in the 7400 block of Foothill Boulevard in Tujunga, was broken into shortly after 3 a.m.
The owner of the business, Vadrui Sarafyan, says that the manner in which the thieves broke in reminds her of the previous two times her store had been burgled.
“They were kicking the door and broke the door,” she told KTLA 5’s Erin Myers. “They always look for what I call ‘street drugs’ and [this time around] they took Xanax from us.”
Sarafyan says the four suspects fled the scene in a black SUV.
Another pharmacy in the 6000 block of Foothill Boulevard — about two miles away from Miracle Pharmacy — was also burgled, authorities said.
Foothill Remedy Drugs reported a break-in around 3:20 a.m., and the owners believe the thieves got away with medication and that the suspects appear to be similar to the ones from the first burglary.
According to LAPD investigators, the getaway vehicle used by the suspects was reportedly stolen and obtained during an armed carjacking.
Police could not confirm if the two incidents were related.
Monday’s break-ins targeting drugstores come just three days after thieves used a sledgehammer to knock through the wall of a tax services business and rob an adjacent pharmacy, underscoring an epidemic of commercial robberies throughout the area.
On Thursday morning, five businesses in the San Fernando Valley – including a pharmacy – were broken into, and two other drugstore burglaries occurred in Northridge and Pacoima in the beginning of October.
Hours before Monday morning’s burglaries, eight suspects ransacked a WSS shoe store in Van Nuys and made off with more than $5,000 worth of merchandise.