The Walker County Sheriff’s Office was notified of break-ins at Video Rayz and Son’s Pharmacy around 3:10 Tuesday afternoon. The businesses are located on Highway 269 in Parrish. Deputies responded to the scene and found that a hole had been cut in the roof of Video Rayz and another hole was found in the store’s wall, which is shared with the pharmacy. Sheriff’s office officials said nothing was taken from the video store, but an undetermined amount of narcotics were stolen from the pharmacy.
Jack Cooley, Parrish’s acting police chief, said the department had no officers on duty Monday or Tuesday.
“The town isn’t paying for overtime. We only have three officers, and 43 hours per week is all we can get. We’re not here on holidays right now,” Cooley said. “That’s why the county had to be called to do the report. The people of Parrish need to know this. They deserve police coverage 24-7, but we can’t give that to them right now.”
Cooley said he found out about the burglary at 8 a.m. Tuesday. He was on the scene investigating throughout the day.
“We have some suspects, but we don’t have anything to positively identify them just yet,” he said.
Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith and officers from the Cordova Police Department were also at the scene Tuesday, assisting Parrish police with the investigation.
“We came out to try to take some fingerprints and pretty much help with the investigation any way we can,” said Smith, the former Parrish police chief.
Cooley said it is believed the burglary took place late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. He said anyone with information about the break-ins should call the Parrish Police Department at (205) 686-9991.
“This would have taken some time. Someone probably saw something suspicious taking place in that area,” he said.