Archive for Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lawrence police searching for suspect in theft from pharmacy

Lawrence police were at Orchards Drug, at Bob Billings Parkway and Kasold Drive, on Tuesday, after a man stole narcotic pain reliever patches from the pharmacy and later took a vehicle to flee officers. Police Sgt. Michael Monroe described the suspect as a white male in his mid-40s, with a thin build, wearing a jean jacket, black hat and a scarf.

Lawrence police were at Orchards Drug, at Bob Billings Parkway and Kasold Drive, on Tuesday, after a man stole narcotic pain reliever patches from the pharmacy and later took a vehicle to flee officers. Police Sgt. Michael Monroe described the suspect as a white male in his mid-40s, with a thin build, wearing a jean jacket, black hat and a scarf.

January 5, 2010, 10:16 a.m. Updated January 5, 2010, 1:01 p.m.

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Police are still looking for a man who stole medication from a pharmacy and then stole a resident's car. The man reportedly stole about $750 worth of pain medication. Enlarge video

Lawrence police were still searching Tuesday evening for a man who stole narcotic pain reliever patches Tuesday morning from Orchards Drug and later took a vehicle to flee officers.

Police Sgt. Michael Monroe described the suspect as a white male in his mid-40s, with a thin build, wearing a jean jacket, black hat and a scarf.

Mark Smith, the Orchards pharmacist-in-charge, said a man had come into the store about 8:20 a.m. and inquired about Fentanyl patches. After a discussion with Smith and two interns about pricing, the man suddenly made a move.

“He just ran back and grabbed it and ran out of the store,” Smith said.

Police said the suspect did not display a weapon during the robbery.

Smith estimated the man took $750 worth of medication. While on the phone with 911 dispatchers, Smith followed the man east of the building and into the nearby neighborhood.

Minutes later, the suspect approached Jo Anne Kready’s porch in the 1400 block of Lawrence Avenue.

“He was trying to go in the house. She closed the door real fast,” Smith said.

Kready said she saw the man approaching her porch. But Smith was still behind the man and yelled at Kready not to let him inside.

“He made it in (the house) a little bit,” she said.

The man then ran to the street, where he flagged down a passing motorist near Lawrence Avenue and Bob Billings Parkway — just as police were arriving.

The suspect got into the passenger side of the black Honda Ridgeline sport-utility vehicle. The driver got out, Monroe said, and the suspect got behind the wheel and drove east on Bob Billings Parkway.

Minutes later, the suspect was involved in a minor noninjury accident with another vehicle at Bob Billings Parkway and Iowa Street.

Police later spotted the SUV abandoned near the Kansas University Computer Center, 1001 Sunnyside Ave.

At 11:30 a.m. officers stopped a woman in a vehicle at the Phillips 66 station, 2434 Iowa.

Monroe said that was a lead police were following up on but he could not say yet whether it was related to the robbery investigation.

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Comments

50YearResident 5 years, 4 months ago

When the guy exited his car he should have taken the keys with him and this guy would have been caught!

Shockem211 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes because I'm sure when someone tells you to get out of your car or they may harm you, you're really going to be calm enough to think "I should grab my keys."

Paul Geisler 5 years, 4 months ago

Of course! When someone threatens you and demands your vehicle you should definitely worry about taking your keys! That's a good way to get yourself hurt! None of us know what that exchange was like or what the suspect said to the driver of that truck.

But I do work at the Computer Center and the LPD & KUPD have been patrolling the area on foot with their weapons drawn and have now begun collecting evidence from the stolen truck. I hope they find this guy soon because it sounds like he is very desperate. Hopefully he hasn't broken into one of the houses in the neighborhood behind the Computer Center.

naturalist 5 years, 4 months ago

Why did the driver stop his car? And then get out?

remember_username 5 years, 4 months ago

Jeans jacket? He won't be outside long, there are lots of places to hide in a campus building, with no students around.

Kelly Johnson 5 years, 4 months ago

Naturalist, I'm assuming the motorist probably thought the guy needed help and that's why he stopped. Carjacking wouldn't be my first thought if I saw someone waving me down here in town, especially in broad daylight in that area.

It's a pretty freaky situation...hope they can figure out who/where this guy is before someone gets hurt.

I wonder if he grabbed specific drugs or just randomly grabbed stuff?? That's so bizarre.

GmaD321 5 years, 4 months ago

I doubt he was there for the antibiotics. They will find him frozen, high as a kite out by the lake.

Kelly Johnson 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, I'm assuming his intent was not antibiotics, but the narcotics usually aren't just hanging out right behind the counter so I wonder what he actually ended up with.

GmaD321 5 years, 4 months ago

If he was able to grab filled prescriptions ready for pick up, odds are he got something he was looking for along with his antibiotics and other no-buzz drugs.

justtired 5 years, 4 months ago

Why does everyone assume this was a carjacking? The person may have arranged for it to look suspicious, and the driver was in on the plan.

Alexander Neighbors 5 years, 4 months ago

OonlyBonly (Anonymous) says…

Time it occurred would be nice.

Today.

puddleglum 5 years, 4 months ago

this is why we need health insurance now! dude prolly just had a sore throat, but without insurance, couldn't afford his meds.... more to come later.

LoveThsLife 5 years, 4 months ago

Nah, when you get car jacked you give them the keys and whatever else they want..it's easier to replace a car than someone's life.

LoveThsLife 5 years, 4 months ago

It depends on the kind of drug..if it is a Class II drug (like oxycontin etc.) they are locked up...however, drugs like Vicodin and cough syrups that have codeine in them are usually behind the counter unsecured. I worked in a Pharmacy through college....that is how I know this. I remember talking to a detective that came into our pharmacy once to investigate someone who was calling in fake prescriptions...anyways...he told me that someone will get drugs like vicodin and what not and then sell it on the street to get money for a harder drug. I think those pharmacy areas need to be more secure for the people working behind them..if someone is addicted to something and resorting to illegal means to obtain it, there is no telling how far they will go to obtain what they want.

ralphralph 5 years, 4 months ago

10-4 on the carjacking ... leave the keys and run like the wind. Question: why do the police searching for him have their guns drawn, since they pretty much aren't allowed to ever use them?

GmaD321 5 years, 4 months ago

So they will find him frozen out by the lake, higher than a kite with fentanyl patches stuck all over him. What an idiot. Don't get in the way of an addict looking for his next fix. They are crazy and really don't care about normal things that most folks care about.

Tony Holladay 5 years, 4 months ago

Well if they don't find him running to Topeka or KC, They'll probably find him over on RedBud where all the pill poppers and wet heads live.

eotw33 5 years, 4 months ago

Fentanyl patches patches are a pretty strong, stronger than Oxycontin, he was definitely there specifically for those

woodenfleaeater 5 years, 4 months ago

Fentanyl is roughly 100x stronger than morphine, if that makes it any clearer. This dude knew what he was doing.

cj123 5 years, 4 months ago

If the guy is addicted, where will he go to get his next fix? Try to rob another pharmacy?

LoveThsLife 5 years, 4 months ago

I didn't see the part about Fentanyl Patches...what the heck were Fentanyl Patches doing unsecured? That is a C II drug. Even if he had a question on pricing a tech or a pharmacist doesn't need the box to look that up...

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 4 months ago

Being a person who takes prescription pain pills I understand if this person was in a great deal of pain and with no medical insurance, that he would resort to stealing.

Christine Anderson 5 years, 4 months ago

OMG! Fentanyl is some very, very strong stuff. LMH ER gave it to me once, when I had a whopper ovarian cyst, and Vicodin didn't touch it. It not only obliterated the pain, but made me unable to find my room after a visit to the nearest bathroom in the E.R. If this idiot places too many patches on himself at one time, I'd be looking for a DOA if I were the cops. No amount of Narcan would help this person. If he is a person truly in chronic pain and without health insurance, there are patient assistance programs out there to help. Nothing, and I mean nothing, excuses doing this.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 4 months ago

misplacedcheesehead I had no idea that there are patient assistance programs. He might have been desperate and when you get in that state of mind you are focused on one thing. Make the pain go away.

been_there 5 years, 4 months ago

There are students on campus, plus employees. Did they notify them that they could be in danger by text like they're suppose to?

Kelly Johnson 5 years, 4 months ago

I wonder how many fentanyl patches you can get for $750. I'm glad no one was hurt, because this guy was obviously on a mission to get what he wanted. He must have either been high already or severely needing a fix to behave that way. Sad.

compmd 5 years, 4 months ago

"The man then ran to the street, where he flagged down a passing motorist near Lawrence Avenue and Bob Billings Parkway — just as police were arriving.

The suspect got into the passenger side of the black Honda Ridgeline sport-utility vehicle. The driver got out, Monroe said, and the suspect got behind the wheel and drove east on Bob Billings Parkway."

What we really need to be worried about folks, is that there is a man running around with a triangle button.

BlackVelvet 5 years, 4 months ago

Let's get the Animal Control Officers to guard the pharmacies.

Randall Barnes 5 years, 4 months ago

WHAT TIME ? WHAT TIME ? AROUND 8:20 AM ON TUESDAY MORNING...CENTURION ACTUALLY ACORDING TO SCANNER TRAFFIC THEY HAD A PEREMITER SET UP AROUND RED BUD TUESDAY.

kclee 5 years, 4 months ago

first of all why would you even pull over if some freak is waving you down - especially if you dont know them.

lynnesk 5 years, 4 months ago

Why is not one of the 40 comments thus far concerned at all about the woman whose house this drug addict broke into? This is your neighbor and a member of your community who was put in danger by this desperate man trying to outrun the pharmacist and the police. Shame on you.

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