Police to Use Fake Pill Bottles to Track Drugstore Thieves

Seeking to catch and eventually deter addicts who steal painkillers,…

Seeking to catch and eventually deter addicts who steal painkillers, the New York Police Department will stock pharmacy shelves with decoy pill bottles that contain tracking devices.

The novel response to a deadly increase in pharmacy robberies and burglaries over the last half decade appears to draw its inspiration from a tactic banks use: handing over a bundle of bills loaded with an exploding dye pack that stains both the cash and the robber red.

The decoy pill bottles appear to be sealed bottles of oxycodone, a powerful narcotic painkiller that is widely abused, according to remarks that the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, made on Tuesday. The bottles will not actually contain any painkillers. Inside each bottle, however, will be a GPS device that will allow detectives to track thieves in the period immediately after a robbery or burglary.

“We would anticipate the burglar and robber will take numerous bottles, and among them will be the bait bottle,” the department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said.

Read more at The New York Times

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