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Salem man charged in pharmacy burglary

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Salem resident, Rodney Steven Fletcher, has been arrested for a drug store burglary in which cash and thousands of pills were taken.

On Friday morning, Oct. 8, Darla York, owner of the Salem Drug Company discovered someone had entered her store by breaking the glass of the drive-through window.

$10,255 in cash and checks and large quantities of narcotics, including morphine, oxycodone, Ritalin and Dilaudid, were among items missing.

The break-in was captured by a security camera which showed a man, wearing a camouflage mask and walking with a limp, taking items inside the store.

As Salem Police and Arkansas State Police investigated, a man matching the description of the burglar entered the store.

The possible suspect was identified as Steven Fletcher and he was tracked to a residence on North Main Street.

While Fletcher was not at the residence, the owner of the home allowed police inside where they found a camouflage mask and clothes similar to those seen in the security video. Officers also noticed a check stamped for deposit by the Salem Drug Company.

Police secured the scene and obtained a search warrant. A full search of the house turned up a handgun and bags containing 22 different narcotic drugs.

When Fletcher arrived at the home, he was found to be in possession of $6,350 in cash.

Fletcher, who is on parole for a previous offense, was arrested. He is charged with commercial burglary, theft of property, fraud and 18 counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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