Mount Pleasant police are investigating possible connections between a Jan. 10 break-in at a Long Point Road pharmacy and another drug store burglary that occurred this week in Moncks Corner.
Moncks Coroner police arrested two people Wednesday for a break-in at Delta Pharmacy on East Main Street after the suspects wrecked their car shortly after the crime occurred. Investigators found evidence from the crime in the car and $40,000 worth of pills at the White Pine Court home of one suspect, Carrie Ann Collette, 34, Lt. Michael Roach said.
The other suspect, 30-year-old Eric Humphries of Mount Pleasant, is also being investigated for possible ties to the Jan. 10 break-in at Longpoint Pharmacy, according to a police report. He was apparently driving Collette’s vehicle at the time, a report stated.
As with the Delta break-in, the glass front door of Longpoint Pharmacy was smashed to gain entry, police said. The thieves made off with 18 bottles of the painkiller oxycodone, each containing 100 pills, a report stated.
A Mount Pleasant detective attended the search of Collette’s house this week, but did not find evidence from the Longpoint burglary, a police report stated.
Mount Pleasant Cpl. Daniel P. Eckert said he had no additional information to release on the crime this morning.
Collette and Humphries remain locked up in the Berkeley County jail on burglary charges, and Moncks Corner police have indicated they plan to charge them with possession of controlled substances as well. Collette also faces a driving under the influence charge in connection with the wreck that led to their arrest.
Police said it appeared the pair broke into Delta Pharmacy twice on Wednesday, once shortly after midnight and again around 4 a.m.
Collette told police that she went to the store twice that day and said she and Humphries returned to her home to use her computer to research the medications they had stolen, a report stated. In all, they made off with more than 10,000 pills that were found scattered all over the home, Roach said.
Collette told police she takes a lot of medications for mental problems and planned to use the stolen pills for that purpose. Police said the stash contained a wide variety of pills, including several painkillers.
One of her neighbors told investigators that Humphries contacted him offering to sell 1,000 Lortabs, a prescription narcotic. Collette told police Humphries probably did intend to go through with the sale but he was too “messed up,” a report said.
When police approached him after the wreck, Humphries appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs “to the point he was barely coherent or awake,” a report stated.
In an apparently unrelated event, Charleston police are investigating a break-in that occurred early Thursday at Herold’s Pharmacy on Charlie Hall Boulevard in West Ashley. Someone smashed the glass front door to the drug store around 2:30 a.m., but nothing appeared to have been stolen from the store, according to a police report.
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