DeKalb County Investigators Catch Suspected Pharmacy Burglars

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COLLINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- DeKalb County investigators arrested two people believed to be involved in a series of pharmacy burglaries, and are searching for a third culprit.

Law enforcement officials in Georgia issued a "be on the look out" warning around 1 a.m. about a break in at a pharmacy in Dade County, across the state line from DeKalb County.

Less than two hours later, there was a break in at Valley Head Drugs, in DeKalb County.

Officers across DeKalb County began to search for a gold-colored Dodge Avenger.  It was the same type of vehicle seen on surveillance video of a burglary at a pharmacy in Collinsville Tuesday, when two men broke into the store while a third waited in the car.

A Collinsville police officer keeping watch of the southbound lanes on Interstate 59 spotted a car matching that description near Exit 205 into Collinsville, and pulled the car over.

It was a gold Dodge Avenger, and there were three men inside.   Investigators said one of the the men got out of the car and ran into the woods while the officer waited for back-up.

Alabama State Troopers sent a helicopter and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office sent a search dog to try to find him, but investigators believe he got a ride away from the scene.  DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said there may have been a second car involved.

Deputies recovered more than a dozen large bottles of pills and liquids from inside the car, and are working to inventory all the items and identify which came from each pharmacy.

Harris said the group may also be involved in a February burglary at a pharmacy in Fyffe.

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