Police look for gunmen accused of robbing nursing facility of narcotics


by Karma Dickerson


Posted on April 9, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 3:41 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's a place people go when they're most vulnerable, where both residents and employees would expect to feel safe, but it may be for that exact reason armed robbers targeted Springfield Nursing and Rehab Center.
“It doesn't surprise me, but we wasn’t banking it happening," Springfield Police Chief Jim Smith said.
Police said two masked men entered the facility just before 5 a.m. April 6, and approached the nurse’s station brandishing a handgun. The nurses handed over morphine, fentanyl patches, hydrocodone and other pain killers.
“From what we can gather, there was no immediate danger to any residents because there was none around in that area," Smith said.
Smith said he believes the suspects are either drug addicts or drug dealers.  Though the two pulled off the robbery without a hitch, they didn't get away without a trace.
“We found some evidence, yes. I can't say what it is but it will hopefully be useful at the KSP central lab," Smith said.
Springfield Nursing and Rehab Center declined an on camera interview, but provided the following statement:
“Our first priority is the safety of our residents and staff, and no one was harmed in the incident.  We are continuing to care for everyone in the facility and we are cooperating with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.  Privacy concerns do not allow us to comment on the specifics involving anyone in out care who works for us.”
Springfield police haven't had reports of similar incidents, but they advise facilities that handle prescription drugs to be on alert.

If you have any information about this robbery call Springfield Police at 859-336-5450.