Charges expected in theft from Pharmacy Station

A man looking for drugs has been arrested in a theft at Pharmacy Station in Burlington Friday morning.

By Jennifer Eisenbart

Staff Writer

City of Burlington police made a quick arrest Friday after Pharmacy Station on South Pine Street was robbed.

The man, whose name is not being released pending formal filing of criminal charges, apparently walked into Pharmacy Station shortly after 7 a.m. Friday.

He took two drugs from the pharmacy – OxyContin and Ambien. Police Chief Peter Nimmer declined to specify if the incident was a robbery, which would have involved the threat of force, or a theft.

The man left the store with the drugs, but an employee at the store said he believed he knew the man due to a prior contact at the business.

That lead would turn out to be true, but before police could act, the man was involved in a traffic accident in the Town of Burlington around 9 a.m.

At that time, he was taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants. Officers who responded to the call found empty OxyContin and Ambien containers in the vehicle.

The stolen drugs were later located by City of Burlington police after a search warrant was executed on the suspect’s vehicle and residence.

Nimmer said the incident got resolved quickly for two reasons.

“We had a lead on who we believed it was,” Nimmer said. “But he was later involved in a car accident. It was a little quicker because he was in an accident.”

A request for charges was forwarded to the Racine County district attorney’s office, but the man had yet to be charged as of Tuesday. Nimmer was hoping to have charges filed by Wednesday.

Nimmer indicated that the suspect was currently in the hospital.