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Arrest made in pharmacy break-in


Sean Patrick Beatty

Updated Apr. 7, 10:45 a.m.

Evans Drug break-in suspect arrested

An arrest has been made in connection to the recent break-in and larceny of medication that occurred at Evans Drug Store located on NC Highway 127 in Bethlehem, according to Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman.  

Sean Patrick Beatty, age 24 of Newton, has been charged with one count of breaking and entering and one count of larceny after breaking and entering. The charges are a result of an investigation into the incident that occurred at Evans Drug in the Bethlehem community of Alexander County. Sean Beatty has been in custody at the Catawba County Detention center since March 16, 2014, for multiple pharmacy break-ins that occurred in Catawba and Burke counties. The Alexander County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Longview Police Department, Newton Police Department, and Conover Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

Earlier, surveillance video of a recent breaking and entering that occurred on March 8, 2014, at Evans Drug & Company had been released by detectives. Investigators said the suspect was shown breaking through a side window and entering the pharmacy to steal medication. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of March 8. The suspect could be seen in surveillance video approaching the business on foot before running behind the building and then breaking through the side drive through window with a brick. The suspect then climbed through the window and began searching the shelves for medication before leaving a few minutes later with an undisclosed number of pills in a shopping bag.
After stealing the medication the suspect ran on foot traveling south toward the Chigger Ridge Road area.

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