Thursday, March 13, 2008
Authorities nab suspects in Potts Camp burglary
By SUE WATSON
Two men have been arrested and charged in the burglary of the Potts Camp Pharmacy, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The suspects were apprehended following a February 18 break-in of the pharmacy and the theft of prescription drugs.
Dickerson said officers with his department, the Union County Sheriff’s Department and the New Albany Police Department collectively worked on the investigation leading to the arrest of the two 19-year-old males.
“At the time of the burglary numerous prescription drugs like Lortab and Zanex were taken,” he said. “Information from the investigation revealed the suspects sold the drugs to various individuals on the streets of Union and other counties.”
The suspects also face other burglary charges in Union County where they are being held awaiting extradition to Marshall County to face a court appearance here.
“If and when the suspects make bond, there will be a detainer awaiting them in Marshall County,” he said.
Dickerson said public cooperation helped law officers in making the arrests.
In an unrelated incident, Saturday, March 8, Marshall County deputies arrested one man on drug charges and is seeking to apprehend a second suspect.
Dickerson said an officer detected the odor of marijuana from a vehicle during a routine traffic stop north of Red Banks. A search of the vehicle led to the confiscation of about three pounds of marijuana, he said.
Fabin Kimer Dorrough, 27, of 120 Liles Road in Bruce, was arrested and taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to sell a controlled substance. He remained in Marshall County jail Tuesday on a $10,000 secure bond.
A passenger in the vehicle at the time of the arrest fled the scene into a densely wooded area and has alluded law enforcement after the vehicle was pulled over.
Investigators are searching for Koty Harris, 26, of 84 Highway 9 South, Pittsboro, Dickerson said. A warrant for his arrest on possession of marijuana with intent to sell and resisting arrest has been issued.
Marshall County deputies, and state and federal authorities are searching for Harris, he said.
In other business, Dickerson said his officers continue to work on cases of forged checks and identity theft. He urges merchants and businesses to use extreme caution in cashing checks and accepting checks due to a rash of counterfeit and forged checks.
He said the problem of identity theft is becoming more frequent, partly due to the slow-down in the economy and partly due to the intelligence of identity thieves and the access to advanced technology and information.
“The prevention, in these instances, is much better than the cure because people who are arrested for forgery, counterfeit and identity theft have already spent the money and have no source of income to pay back damages,” Dickerson said. “These individuals continue to be a burden on the state and the money (they took) is gone.”
He advised business clerks and cashiers to thoroughly inspect business checks in particular, because a theft of several thousand dollars can be devastating to a small business.
Forged checks and I.D.s are increasingly becoming harder to detect at the point of sale, he said, due to the sophistication of counterfeiting allowed by technology.
“People are often able to cash numerous checks on a business before thieves are apprehended,” Dickerson said. “It is unreal the amount of loss a business can suffer before we get thieves into custody. Then, the taxpayers suffer loss in costs of law enforcement, the courts and incarceration of convicted criminals.”
Dickerson urged the public to be wary of any unsolicited telephone calls where an attempt is made by the caller to obtain bank account numbers, identification numbers or any other personal information.
“The situation with the economy as it is, it (forgery, identity theft) is only going to get worse.”
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