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Pharmacies using GPS devices in pill bottles to track criminals

Police were able to catch two suspects who held up a Walgreens in Nebraska thanks to the GPS device in the pill bottle


By PoliceOne Staff

OMAHA, Neb. — Several pharmacies are putting GPS tracking devices in pill bottles in an effort to deter and prevent robberies at their stores.

KETV reports that with the rise in opioid-related crimes, insurance companies said pharmacies need to protect their employees and their products. The devices were successful in catching two armed robbers recently in Nebraska.

In October, the two suspects held up a Walgreens and demanded cash and painkillers. Police were able to catch them at a nearby apartment complex thanks to the GPS device in the pill bottle. Michael Warren, Risk Manager with Pharmacy Mutual Insurance, said criminals cannot tell if a bottle is rigged with the device.

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