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‘Extremely inebriated’ burglar stuck in pharmacy rescued by police

The man called the police for help to get out of the pharmacy at around 2am

A man had to call the police to his rescue after breaking into a Lancashire pharmacy and becoming stuck inside after ingesting “a large quantity of drugs”.

Scott Mckay, a 43-year-old man with no fixed abode, broke into a Geloo Brothers branch in Blackburn, Lancashire last week (April 15) and called the police at around 2am asking for help to get out of the pharmacy, Blackburn and Darwen Police said in a statement.

Mr Mckay was arrested for burglary and sentenced to 26 weeks in prison, the police said.

“Extremely inebriated”

Mr Mckay had “consumed a large quantity of drugs from the pharmacy and was extremely inebriated as a result”, according to Blackburn and Darwen Police.

He had entered the pharmacy through a window after using a wooden plank to prise open the metal bars, according to police.

He took “approximately 300 diazepam tablets” and had concealed more tablets elsewhere on his person, the police said.

The local fire rescue team was called to the scene to help Mr Mckay out of the pharmacy. An ambulance was also called to assist him “due to the large quantity of drugs [he had] taken”, the police added.

Siraj Geloo, owner and director of Geloo Brothers pharmacy, said that Mr Mckay was a regular patient.

“We just feel he really needs some help,” he told C+D today (April 21).

8 Comments
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C A, Community pharmacist

300 tablets isn't that much - 6 boxes of 2mg 6 boxes of 5mg and a box of 10mg takes you to 364 tablets. Depends on your volume and local prescribing habits. I used to hold way more than that before the local CCG pushed benzo reductions.

Meera Sharma, Pharmacy owner/ Proprietor

Sad how people get into this 

A.S. Singh, Community pharmacist

Sources say instead of jail time, he was made to work on the counter in the very same Pharmacy

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Surely our judicial system isn't THAT cruel. I'm sure they abolished the death penalty years ago.

N O, Pharmaceutical Adviser

“approximately 300 diazepam tablets”

Was he an ex-employee by any chance? How did he find so many and then ingested them? Was he so hungry?

What happened to the burglar alarm? Poor fellow had to call the Police himself and waste some pennies on the call may be. All this hassle would have been avoided by simple burglar alarm may be? What a waste of 3 different public resources at this time of crisis !!

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Got 11 packs of 28 plus a couple of splits on the shelves where I am now so that's about 300 in a quiet pharmacy so in a busy one, especially an inner city one, 300 is nothing like an overstock. The bloke must have the constitution of an ox though. I had a 5mg for a bad back once and felt like I'd been on the lash for two days. What is the lethal dose of diazepam anyway? (no Martindale to hand!)

Heather Pharm Tech, Allocation & Distribution

Roughly 2g/70kg apparently.

This fella must have either been very tolerant to diazepam or very lucky...

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

So I would need to take nearly three grams (I'm a biggish bloke!)? Thats 1500 2mg tabs! I don't think my stomach is big enough for that and I'd certainly get very fed up of pill popping before it ever got close to that. I always thought it was more toxic than that but perhaps I'm getting confused with phenobarb or when alcohol is involved as well.

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