Break-in at Zeeb Pharmacy

POLICE LINE DO NOT CROSS ... Sometime between closing on Tuesday, December 1, and opening on Wednesday, December 2, Zeeb Pharmacy was broken and robbed.

Sometime between closing time of 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, and opening at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Zeeb Pharmacy in Philip was broken into and robbed of mostly pharmaceuticals and gold jewelry.

Employee Krystal Doud, when opening for business, first notice merchandise was missing from previously locked display cases. Then she saw that damage had been done to the pharmacy area of the store. Haakon County Sheriff Larry Hanes responded to the call. He, in turn, contacted the Philip City Police Department, since it was their jurisdiction. He then contacted the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, as is required procedure.

From 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the business remained closed, while evidence could be gathered by law authorities. Milo Zeeb, owner and operator of the business, said that no real damage, except to the building itself, was done. No display cases were broken and no equipment was damaged. A preliminary rough estimate of the merchandise taken was worth around $6,000 to $8,000, but Zeeb and his employees were still completing an inventory and assessing losses.

In gaining entry, the burglar, or burglars, caused damage to the building. Law authorities would prefer to not disclose details of the exact method of entry. Exit was then made through the back door. Some cash was taken, but inexpensive jewelry and available coins were left behind.

"This is the fourth burglary to this business in 34 years, since I came here in 1975," said Zeeb. "We are still researching information about improved alarm and security systems for future security."

Philip Police Chief Kit Graham said, "Evidence collected at the scene was taken to the DCI lab in Pierre to be analyzed. As of now (noon, Tuesday, December 8), no suspects have been apprehended."

The continuing investigation is a joint effort by the Philip police department, the Haakon County sheriff's office and the South Dakota DCI. People are being questioned and leads followed. If anyone has any information concerning the case, phone any of the above. The Philip police department number is 859-2850.