Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Arrests made in pharmacy break-ins

Thieves climbed through ceiling to get to drugs

By William A. Weathers
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Two people have been arrested and charged with a series of break-ins last week at pharmacies in Thriftway and Kroger stores in Colerain and Green townships.

        An investigation determined the break-ins were accomplished when someone climbed into the ceiling areas from “employees only” areas or restrooms and dropped into closed pharmacy areas in the stores.

        Once in the pharmacy areas, the thief removed a quantity of drugs.

        James E. Minshall, 21, of Foote Avenue, Newport, has been charged with burglary, the Hamilton County sheriff's office said Monday.

        He was arrested Saturday by Bellevue, Ky. police, and is in the Campbell County jail awaiting extradition.

        Sandra Weber, 20, of Lees Crossing, Green Township, has been charged with complicity to theft of dangerous drugs, and is in custody in the Hamilton County Justice Center.

        The pharmacy break-ins occurred Nov. 8 and 9.

        Store video tape recordings show that the suspects were a white man and a white woman in their 20s, the sheriff's office said.

        Fliers and the video recordings were sent out and Fort Thomas police dentified Mr. Minshall, police said.

        Evidence technicians linked the suspect to the crime scene through examination of evidence, including fingerprints, police said.


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