Arrests made in theft of 1,500 pills from CVS
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:11:53 GMT —
Two men have been arrested in a CVS robbery in Myrtle Beach Thursday night, according to Captain Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
Matthew Hellman, 22, of Pawleys Island and Casey Pegram, 23, of Murrells Inlet were arrested and booked in the Myrtle Beach Jail.
Knipes said one of the men went into the CVS, gave the clerk a note, and left with a bag filled with more than 1,500 Xanax and Oxycodone pills.
An undercover drug officer in Horry County said the size of the robbery is unusual.
"I can't say that I remember any other pharmacy robberies where that much was taken," said Dean Bishop, deputy commander of the 15th Judicial Circuit DEU.
The other suspect was waiting in the getaway car, a black Honda Accord, Knipes said.
At this time, Knipes said it is unclear whether the two men had planned to use or distribute the drugs.
However, if they did intend to take the drugs for personal use, Dean said it could have been dangerous to the community in several ways.
"if the defendants were robbing the store to support their own habit, you know, they're obviously a danger to other people. They'll break into houses, cars, maybe they'll step-up to robbing other individuals," Dean said.
Officers recovered two hand guns from the vehicle. They said one was reported stolen out of Georgetown.
Warrants are expected to be served on Friday.
The men will both be charged with Armed Robbery and could face even more charges, according to Knipes.