Arrest Made in Russellville Pharmacy Break-ins
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – According to police multiple pharmacies were broken into Monday morning, and it was their patrol tactics that caught their suspect red-handed.
Bottles of prescription medications, some in a tub, others lined up on a desk, all sit as evidence that was recovered after a foot chase with a suspect who was spotted climbing out a pharmacy window in Russellville.
According to investigators, the first pharmacy hit during the morning spree was Hometown Pharmacy on Gandy Street.
Detectives say the suspect used a rock and threw it through the drive-thru window, grabbing plastic bins that held filled prescription orders.
While police were on that scene, a patrol officer heard an alarm going off at near-by Franklin Pharmacy.
“One of our other officers that was patrolling pharmacies actually witnessed a subject coming from the Franklin Pharmacy, out a window,” explained Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett.
In dash board video released to WHNT News 19, Chief Hargett says you see 28-year-old Matthew Justin Oneal attempting to flee from police.
After five minutes of running, officers say they were able to capture Oneal in a wooded area.
“He is responsible for both, and I do believe that he was also a person of interest in some former pharmacy break-ins,” said Hargett.
Investigators say Matthew Justin Oneal had just been released from prison in December on a theft conviction.
He is being held without bond, and detectives say he will likely be sent back to prison to finish serving time on his previous conviction, since he was on parole at the time of this latest arrest.
Oneal is facing multiple charges of theft, burglary, possession of a controlled substance, in addition to other charges.