As the rallies and protests descended into violent riots and looting, one Tampa pharmacist’s business was targeted by thieves: Health Matters Community Pharmacy.
Dr. Vondalyn Wright said that criminals broke into her pharmacy on Sunday, describing the hurt and recovery in an new interview with Bay News 9.
“They ransacked my pharmacy,” she said. “They pulled the registers out, threw computers around and they took prescriptions, and it just hurt to know someone would go into something I worked so hard for for the community.”
Wright said she’s still trying to assess just how much she lost from the burglary, which was captured on her security cameras.
“The things that people took was people’s blood pressure medication and other specialty medication that probably would have no use for them,” she said.
Despite the challenging times, Wright is staying positive as the front of the pharmacy was repaired by Tuesday.
“Someone saw the glass company at my facility and once I paid the people to fix my window, they called me back the next day and said they’re going to tear up my check because someone anonymously paid for my glass to be fixed,” she said.
“The message I would give to the people who broke into my pharmacy is we all need to come together,” she said. “This is not the way we’re going to find change. We’re all looking for change and I want to be apart of that change, and we won’t find it destroying our own property.”
Dr. Vondalyn Wright is African American mother of two teen boys and she supports the protests that are demanding change. She just never thought she would have to face something like this while trying to provide medication in the middle of a pandemic.
“I wanted to be apart of the change but I didn’t want to be a victim of the change,” she said.
Check out that Bay News 9 coverage HERE
There have been no arrests in connection to the robbery, but please contact authorities if you have information.