Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLICE BRIEFS; Stolen Drugs in Vehicle Lead to Arrests

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

POLICE BRIEFS; Stolen Drugs in Vehicle Lead to Arrests

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer

Stolen drugs found inside a confiscated van led to the arrest Thursday of a 24-year-old Westside man on charges of burglary after he and two others were accused of stealing prescription pills from the Eckerds at 11250 St. Augustine Road, police said. A 27-year-old Westside man was also arrested on burglary charges in the same case and another a few days earlier at another Eckerds at 7953 Normandy Blvd., police said.

The first burglary occurred early March 19, when someone pried open a front door at the Eckerds on Normandy Boulevard and stole five bottles of Propoxyphene, a prescription pain-killer. Someone pried open the front door of the Mandarin Eckerds around 5:15 a.m. March 22, shoved in the security gate at the pharmacy and stole almost 2,000 Hydrocodone pills.

Detectives assigned to the cases noted similarities in both, and received a tip on who might have been involved a few days later. When they tried to interview two men in a home on Old Plank Road on the Westside, they wouldn't come out. Police saw a stolen license plate on a van outside and towed it, finding two of the stolen bottles of Propoxyphene inside, police said.

Warrants for the two men led police to arrest the 27-year-old at the home a few days later, after a search uncovered two Hydrocodone pills like those stolen in the Mandarin heist, police said. The 24-year-old man was arrested at 10 a.m. Thursday at his home on Randolph Street, while police said they are looking for another 24-year-old man in the cases.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County areas, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices:

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-- A 24-year-old Arlington man was arrested Thursday morning on a charge of aggravated battery against a pregnant woman after an officer saw him grab a woman and try to pull her into his car in the 9600 block of San Jose Boulevard, police said.

The off-duty officer saw the man grab a 21-year-old woman by her arm at 7:45 a.m. and pull her toward the car while arguing, police said. …

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