BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help catching a burglar. Investigators say the suspect broke into two businesses and attempted to steal a scooter from a house in Magnolia Springs in the early morning hours of March 11, 2014.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office released two surveillance pictures of the suspect from Magnolia Springs Pharmacy where he broke in shortly after 3:00 a.m. Investigators said this was the first of three break-ins by the same suspect.
Pharmacy workers said the burglar made his entry through an upstairs window, but found himself locked upstairs. The pharmacy manager says he then broke through a wall and made his way down through an air conditioning duct causing considerable damage.
“Holes in the wall, we needed sheet rocking. The air ducts were all completely messed up upstairs. They used the vent to get in so a lot of that was damaged,” said manager, Sabrina Crutchfield.
Once the burglar entered the store an alarm sounded, but the suspect wasn’t deterred. Folks at the pharmacy are certain the suspect was after drugs saying he didn’t even touch the cash register or some expensive jewelry on the counter.
“It was pretty evident he wasn’t after anything else. Nothing was missing out front. None of the gift department was messed with,” Crutchfield said.
Investigators said that once the suspect realized that he had no way to access the controlled drugs, he left the pharmacy and went across the street. There, he smashed the front door of a BP service station, and helped himself to beer and cigarettes.
Deputies believe he also tried to steal a Moped style scooter from a nearby residence on County Road 49.
Investigators did recover a key piece of evidence that they hope area residents might recognize that was left behind the pharmacy.
“Responding deputies discovered a three wheel, like homemade bicycle…had almost like a car seat attached to it with like a motor assist, pedal assist that was left at the scene,” said Captain Steve Arthur with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
If caught, the suspect could face two counts of burglary third degree and attempted theft of property. Investigators believe the suspect lives in the Magnolia Springs area. If you recognize him or the tricycle, call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office