Search on for suspect in burglary at CH pharmacy
by Briana Webster
Feb 23, 2014 | 4542 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Carbon Hill police are searching for a suspect in a late-night break-in at a Carbon Hill business.

The burglary happened around 1:25 a.m. Saturday at Strickland Drug on U.S. 78.

Lt. Jason Richardson said video surveillance showed the male suspect was in and out of the pharmacy in less than two minutes. The suspect was wearing a mask.

“The main thing that he got was all assortments of OxyContin (oxycodone), then he got several pain patches,” Richardson said. “He got different milligrams of Nucynta and just several OxyContin.” 

The suspect’s vehicle is either a two-tone Mercury Villager or a Nissan Quest. “No later than a 2009 model,” Richardson said.

The surveillance video shows the color of the van is either maroon and gray, maroon and tan, blue and gray or blue and tan, he added.

“It came through the back alley before this all happened. Then, several minutes you see it pull in the front, and it looked like it was going to back up in front of Kenneth Guin Drug,” Richardson explained. “Then it pulled back up, and that’s when you start to see the glass being broke out at the front. He came in with a sledge hammer, and he busted the front door out then busted the little pharmacy area out with the sledge hammer.” 

According to Richardson, the suspect did not take any money. However, he did leave behind some evidence — the sledge hammer and DNA after the suspect had somehow cut himself on the broken glass.

Richardson also wanted to thank other officers from his department and deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Department for responding to the incident.

Even though the robbery happened in the early morning hours, video shows vehicles traveling up and down the highway. Richardson hopes that someone may have seen what was happening at that time.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call Carbon Hill police at 205-924-4411.