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BCSO Arrests Suspect In Pharmacy Burglaries

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BCSO Say Suspect Arrested in Pharmacy Burglaries

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (June 25, 2013/8:30 AM) – A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday morning following a string of burglaries that targeted island pharmacies.

Thirty-one year old Adam Harris of Monroe, NC has been charged with two counts of 22nd degree Burglary and two counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance in connection with Sunday's early morning break-ins.

Deputies made contact with Harris when they responded to a report of a suspicious person/vehicle at Port Royal Plaza just after 9 am Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies observed a gold Honda Pilot parked behind Fiesta Fresh with the engine running and driver's side door open. Inside they located Harris, passed out in the driver's seat. A number of prescription medicine bottles were observed lying around inside the vehicle.

Deputies noted that Harris matched the description of an individual that had just been observed on video surveillance breaking into a pharmacy at nearby Pineland Station. Harris would eventually be arrested after evidence linking him to that burglary, and another at Main Street Village, was found in his vehicle.

Harris' spree is believed to have begun at the Island Crossings Walgreens (11 Palmetto Bay Rd). It is suspected that Harris made an unsuccessful attempt to force entry to the business through the pharmacy's drive-thru window, causing an estimated $2,000 in damages as a result of the failed effort.

It is presumed that Harris made his next attempt at Hilton Head Imaging (23 Main St), mistakenly believing that the facility was a pharmacy. There, it was found that the office's front window and glass entry door and been smashed. Nothing was reportedly stolen; however, an estimated $2,500 in damages was sustained during the incident.

Harris' would then go onto successfully burglarize Burke's Pharmacy (1101 Main St) and Stephens Compounding Pharmacy (430 William Hilton Pkwy). At 5:45 am Sheriff's deputies had responded to Burke's in reference to an activated alarm. Upon arrival, a front window was found shattered. More than $3,500 in various prescription medications was reportedly stolen from business.

Just before 6:30 am, the owners of Stephens Compounding Pharmacy advised that they had gone to the business after receiving notification of an activated alarm. Not noticing any obvious sign of break-in, they believed it to be a false alarm. However, they contacted the Sheriff's Office later that morning when they reviewed the business' surveillance footage, and observed that a male subject had made entry through a side door and had, in fact, stolen a cash drawer containing $150 and approximately $600 in various prescription medications.

All of the stolen cash and medications (with the exception of a few pills believed to have been ingested by Harris) have been recovered. At this time, Harris has not been charged in the Walgreens or Hilton Head Imaging incidents, however, the investigation continues and additional charges may be sought pending analysis of collected DNA evidence.

MAKE THE CALL, STAY ANONYMOUS, EARN a REWARD: To report crime, citizens can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC (274-6372) or text the word TIPSC with a message to CRIMES (274637).

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