Three burglars are on the run after another break-in at the Kingston Springs Pharmacy during which more than $8,000 worth of drugs were stolen.
At about 3:20 a.m. Monday, May 20, Kingston Springs police received a notification that a burglar alarm had sounded in the store.
When officers arrived, a security door had been cut and pushed open, Kingston Springs Sgt. Jeremy Vaughn said. After reviewing security footage, officers started looking for a black Kia Soul that had been stolen in Memphis the previous day, he said.
“So, myself and Sgt. Ivey from the sheriff’s office just got on the interstate and started going westbound,” Vaughn said.
After about 130 miles, they caught up to the vehicle in Fayette County and began a 15-mile chase, which reached speeds of 110 mph, he said. The Tennessee Highway Patrol deployed spike strips and stopped the vehicle. The three men then fled to some nearby trees.
A 14-hour manhunt — which included the use of dogs and helicopters — was unsuccessful, he said. The Memphis bureau of the Drug Enforcement Agency heard of the manhunt and said its agents were searching for suspects for a similar series of burglaries.
The robbers that the DEA agents are searching for are wanted for more than 90 burglaries in multiple states including Arkansas, Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia.
This was the fourth time in two years that the Kingston Springs pharmacy has been broken into with the “exact same method,” Vaughn said.
“They force entry, they rush in with some type of container … and they just start knocking as many bottles off the shelf into their bucket as they can,” he said.
Law enforcement recovered all of the medication, but it must all be destroyed because of possible tampering when it was stolen, Vaughn said.