Pharmacy burglars caught
Published 12:15 am Friday, April 7, 2017
Opp Police on Thursday announced that two people have been arrested in connection with the March 2016 burglary of a local pharmacy, and that they were also involved in a string of other pharmacy burglaries across two states.
According to Star-News archives, Larry’s Prescriptions was burglarized on March 3, 2016.
Video surveillance at the time showed that in the early morning hours, two individuals in a silver, newer model SUV, possibly a Nissan Rogue, broke into the pharmacy.
Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald said that there was a joint investigation by Opp Police Department, the Mobile office of the Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the Houston Police Department’s West Side Task Force, as well as several other law enforcement agencies.
“Two individuals were involved in the Opp burglary and theft,” McDonald said. “The same two individuals were involved in pharmacy burglaries in Elba, Auburn, Wetumpka, Opelika, Mobile, and Robertsdale, Ala. They also burglarized drug stores stealing controlled substances in Pensacola and Cantonment, Fla., as well as possibly other stores in the Florida Panhandle.”
McDonald said that Elyric Nathaniel Singleton of Mobile was indicted by a federal grand jury recently for the above offenses as well as offenses concerning the distribution of the stolen narcotics.
McDonald said that Singleton has entered a guilty plea to the United State District Court for the Southern District of Alabama and is currently awaiting sentencing.
McDonald said Singleton’s plea and the charges to which he will plead are not quite a done deal, but will likely be conspiracy to distribute or something similar.
“They were procuring drugs to sell to addicts,” he said.
McDonald said the second suspect, Donald Harris, is currently incarcerated in Texas on unrelated charges and is awaiting extradition to face charges for his part in the crime.
McDonald said the suspects are part of a larger organization of drug dealers and that his department will not let their guard down.
“The Opp Police Department would like to express our thanks and sincere appreciation to those agents in the Mobile, Ala., Drug Enforcement Administration Office for their professional efforts in clearing these cases,” McDonald said. “It illustrates that local law enforcement can reach out with the assistance of our federal partners in order to identify and apprehend criminals no matter where they may be located.”