Early a.m. break-in at Zeeb Pharmacy
During the early morning hours of Monday, August 15, the front door of Zeeb Pharmacy on Center Avenue, Philip, was shattered.
A passerby noticed the damage and phoned 911. The Winner dispatch contacted the Philip City Police at approximately 5:15 a.m., and Philip Police Officer David Butler was first on the scene. He contacted the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, cordoned off the scene with a "Police Line: Do Not Cross" tape, and began collecting evidence at the scene.
At approximately 9:00 a.m. DCI detective Pat West arrived. He and Butler continued to collect evidence. The police tape was taken down at 11:00 a.m.
Merchandise had been taken. An inventory was begun to determine the exact description and quanity of any missing items. By 1:00 p.m., the glass to the business door was replaced, though by then customers had already been doing business there for several hours. The break-in happened sometime between when the business closed at 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 5:00 a.m. Monday.
Business owner Milo Zeeb said, "We feel very fortunate to live in such a concerned and caring community. The local residents have been very patient and supportive concerning this incident. We are glad to be back serving the needs of the community."
Police Chief Kit Graham said that there is a joint, ongoing investigation being conducted by the Philip Police Department and the Department of Criminal Investigation.
Back on December 1, 2009, Zeeb Pharmacy was broken into and burglarized. Then, mostly pharmaceuticals and gold jewelry were taken. That case has seen several suspects taken into custody, but no convictions have been made of as yet. Counting this most recent incident, the business has experienced five break-ins since 1975, when Zeeb took over the business.