Greene County man arrested in pharmacy burglaries


August 29th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Carroll County have arrested a man in a neighboring county, in connection with a couple of burglaries in Coon Rapids. According to reports, Coon Rapids Police arrested 34-year old Jack Daniel Pearce, last Monday (August 22nd), on two-counts of felony burglary in the second degree. The Cooper man was taken into custody for allegedly breaking into the Coon Rapids Pharmacy on two separate occasions over the past 13-months. If convicted, Pearce faces five years imprisonment for each count and $5,000 fine for each charge. Pearce posted a $1,000 bond and was released from custody, with orders to appear in court for his preliminary hearing, on September 1st.

Pearce is suspected of breaking into the pharmacy through the back door, in July 2010, and again in February of this year. Once inside, he allegedly stole large amounts of prescription drugs and narcotics. Court records show Pearce has an extensive criminal record involving illegal drug possession. A search warrant executed at Pearce’ residence led to his arrest following a traffic stop just east of Cooper, Monday evening.

Officials say the burglaries in Coon Rapids were identical to several other area pharmacy break-ins that have taken place over the past year. Similar burglaries have occurred in Manning, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Ogden, and Dayton. No arrests have been made in connection with those incidents.