A VALUABLE and potentially deadly drug used to treat arthritis was stolen during a burglary at a house in Golborne.
The break-in took place at the house on Pendle Road in the early hours of today (Wednesday).
The offenders got into the house through a ground floor window and loaded a 50-inch flat screen TV, three ladies jackets, jewellery, an iPad and a laptop into the VW Golf that belonged to the householder.
The car was found abandoned about a mile away, but all the items had been taken.
Eight pens of the drug, called Enbrel was stolen from the fridge.
Police Constable Jonathan Burr said: “Anyone who comes into contact with this drug out of curiosity needs to be warned that it is extremely dangerous to anyone who hasn’t had it prescribed to them.
“It treats those with rheumatoid arthritis and offers pain relief by killing the patient’s white blood cells.
“If this drug is not for you, taking it could kill you.
“We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this burglary, which took place between midnight and 6am, to call us.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.