Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 5, 2012

Tazewell authorities searching for two individuals wanted in connection with pair of pharmacy robberies

TAZEWELL, Va. — Tazewell County authorities are searching for two subjects believed to be involved in the robberies of two area pharmacies.

Two subjects broke into the Hayes Pharmacy Sunday at 3 a.m. One of the two subjects actually entered the pharmacy and began removing items from the shelves, according to Major Harold Heatley, chief deputy of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office.

Heatley said the second suspect drove onto Smith Street in North Tazewell and waited in a getaway vehicle at the intersection of Smith Street and Riverside Drive.

“It is clear on video the two suspects are working together as the first suspect exits the pharmacy the second suspect flashes the lights on the car to indicate his location,” Heatley said. “On the same date approximately one hour and 20 minutes later the Claypool Hill Pharmacy was broken into as well. It is believed the suspects involved with the first break in were also involved in the second.”

In both instances a rock was used to break out a window and entrance was made by one suspect, while the second suspect waited nearby in a vehicle, Heatley said.

The suspect that entered the pharmacies is described as 5’6” to 5’7” in height and between 110-130 pounds. Healtey said there are a number of videos from the surrounding stores, banks and traffic lights that are being reviewed and the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Tazewell Police Department are working on the investigation together.

New Tazewell Police Chief DeWitt Cooper said, “The Tazewell Police Department is working with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s office in order to bring those involved in this matter to justice. It is imperative that our agencies work together to ensure the safety of our citizens.”

“The detectives of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s office have been collecting videos from the surrounding businesses and traffic lights of both incidents,” Sheriff Brian Hieatt added. “These videos are being reviewed for additional information. The amount of cooperation between our agency and the Tazewell Police Department should clearly demonstrate that the agencies of Tazewell County will work together to bring to justice those that would seek to do harm in our communities.”

Anyone with information concerning the two robberies is asked to contact the Tazewell County Sheriff’s office at 276- 988-1161 or the Tazewell Police Department at 276-988-2503.

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