Local couple nabbed for pair of pharmacy burglaries

Published 4:30 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Covington County couple has been arrested and charged in connection with two burglaries of the same pharmacy over a two-month span, according to officials with the Andalusia Police Department.

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

APD Lt. Barney Tyree said 29-year-old Tony Randall Stewart and his wife, 27-year-old Lannette Nichole Stewart, have each been arrested in connection with burglaries at Fred’s Pharmacy on S. Three Notch Street in Andalusia.

Tyree said the pharmacy was first burglarized just before 10 p.m. on May 14, when APD was notified of an alarm at the location. Upon arrival on the scene, Tyree said officers found a broken window in the front of the building, as well as a large quantity of narcotic medications missing from the store.

The scene was nearly the same, Tyree said, on June 5 when a second burglary occurred at the Fred’s location at 11:35 p.m. and a second large quantity of drugs, including narcotic medications, was stolen. The building, he said, was also entered from the same location as it was during the first incident.

Tyree said officers, working on information from a “good citizen informant,” were first able to identify Stewart as a suspect on June 6. APD Investigators, as well as members of the Covington County 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, were able to locate, arrest and obtain an admission of guilt from Stewart involving both burglaries.

Lannette Stewart

Lannette Stewart

A subsequent search of Stewart’s home, located south of Andalusia, yielded a “large quantity of drugs/medications that were taken from Fred’s Pharmacy,” Tyree said. It also yielded the arrest of Lannette Stewart after she attempted to conceal the drugs in a wooded area behind the couples’ home prior to the execution of the search warrant, Tyree said.

Tony Stewart was charged with two counts of burglary III and two counts of theft of property II and booked into the Covington County Jail on a $200,000 bond.

Lannette Stewart was charged with tampering with physical evidence and booked into the jail on a $3,000 bond.

Tyree did not give any indication of a connection between the Fred’s Pharmacy burglaries and the burglaries of two nearby Darby’s Pharmacy locations; however, he added that the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may be forthcoming.