- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
St. Mary’s narcotics detectives raided two Mechanicsville area homes this week and reported finding more than half of about 12,000 prescription pills and a safe that had been stolen during a pair of recent burglaries at a pharmacy.
Two suspects in the case were arrested through the investigation that the county sheriff said made good use of information shared by detectives and patrol officers.
On Wednesday, a judge ordered that Christopher Aloysius Guy, 27, remain in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond on charges alleging he broke into the New Market Pharmacy on Aug. 14, where hydrocodone pills were taken on that date, and narcotic pain medications, sedatives and hypodermic needles were stolen during a second burglary on Nov. 19 at the business.
“Guy had been developed [through the investigation] as one of the persons who entered the business on both occasions,” charging papers allege, and Mark T. Krenzler, 27, was jailed Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bond on charges of taking part in last week’s burglary.
About 1,600 hydrocodone pills were stolen during the initial burglary in August at the pharmacy, according to sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Alioto, and more than 11,000 pills, mostly narcotics, were taken during last week’s break-in at the business. Court papers state that the medication stolen last week was valued at $10,150, but Alioto reported that the drugs had a street value of more than $275,000.
St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron said Wednesday that the arrests exemplified the value of shared information among not only law enforcement officers, but also through assistance from other criminal justice authorities in the county, and additional county agencies and county residents.
“That was great information [in this case] from the public, and great communication among the cops,” the sheriff said.
In addition to the burglary offense, Guy was charged with theft in the court papers, which allege he stole a credit card earlier this month belonging to his grandmother, Frances Guy, and used it to get $700 from automated teller machines.