Suspect arrested in Clover pharmacy break-in

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comSeptember 18, 2013 


— The man accused of breaking into a Clover pharmacy this weekend turned himself into authorities on Wednesday.

At about 10:50 p.m. Saturday, police went to the Med Care Pharmacy on Bethel Street after the business alarm sounded, police said.

They found that the door had been forced open and six bottles containing more than 1,000 pills of Alrazolam, a generic form of Xanax, had been taken, said Clover Police Lt. Tanner Davis. A bottle of an antidepressant had also been stolen.

Authorities watched store surveillance video of the break-in and saw the suspect — described as a young man with dark hair who wore a mask with a clear visor over his face — walk behind the pharmacy counter and place the drugs in a bag within 37 seconds.

A K9 unit tracked the suspect’s scent to a patch of woods behind the store that lead to the Stonegate apartment complex, he said. There, the dogs found five pill bottles that police believe the suspect dropped as he ran.

Police received tips from members of the public who said they “heard from the grapevine” that William Cartrette, 22, of Clover might be involved with the burglary, Davis said. On Tuesday, officers went to his home at Yorktowne Apartments on Quinn Road and spoke with several “persons of interest” in the burglary and searched his house.

On Wednesday, Cartrette turned himself in to police and was charged with second-degree burglary and larceny of medication. He is held at the York County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

Davis said Cartrette maintains he acted alone in the burglary, but police are still investigating to see if others are involved.

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