Accused Pharmacy Burglars Caught By Resident Tip to Florence Police
FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police catch a break in an early Monday morning pharmacy burglary investigation and make two arrests.
Just before 5am Florence police responded to a burglary alarm at Florence Pharmacy on Veterans Drive.
When police arrived they found where someone had cut a hole in the back of the building and made their way inside.
Investigators said the burglars were able to escape before police arrived, or so they thought.
While police were securing the burglary scene, a nearby resident noticed something strange.
“They saw these suspicious people running down the street, so at that time of day it was just odd, and they made the right decision to call,” explained Sgt. Cliff Billingsley with the Florence Police Department.
The caller was able to help police pin-point the suspects’ location and officers were able to set-up a perimeter.
A K9 officer was then brought in to assist in the search.
“The timing was crucial in this matter because they were still in the area and trying to get out. Officers set up a quick perimeter and were able to find the two guys,” said Billingsley.
Darnell Gilbert, 24, and Marquis McCray, 25, both of Sheffield, were taken into custody just blocks from the pharmacy.
Both face various charges that include burglary, theft, and possession of burglary tools.
According to Billingsley, the men also had prescription medications from the pharmacy in their possession.
Florence police say Gilbert and McCray are also being looked at as suspects in other pharmacy burglaries across the Shoals area.
Both are being held at the Lauderdale County Detention Center.