Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:36 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2012 7:26 AM
Persistence paid off in the year-long hunt for a man who broke into a Madison County pharmacy after hours and stole bags of prescription medicine. Suspect Charles Robertson was arrested and charged with the July 2011 burglary that was caught on camera.
"You just have to be secure in the pharmacy and very vigilant," says a manager of the Bluegrass Family Pharmacy
In July 2011, a man who had been on the roof of the pharmacy was caught on camera smashing through the ceiling in a break-in. But it didn't shatter the spirits of the employees and managers. But by the third break-in, owner Danny Bileter was prepared. He adjusted the back door so it wouldn't open once the alarm went off. That meant the thief made a mistake. He dropped the T-shirt covering his face.
On Sept. 18, more than a year later, Richmond Police had a suspect. They arrested 22-year-old Charles Robertson of Madison County
"After that length of time you suspect you aren't going to anything happen as far as finding who did it, but they were persistent and it paid off."
Several clues helped, including the black UK baseball cap and bags of prescription medicine the thief left behind in his scramble to escape.
Since then, the Bluegrass Family Pharmacy has heightened security, and so far there haven't been any other break-ins.
Richmond Police didn't say if Charles Robertson is also a suspect in the other two burglaries at the pharmacy. He's lodged at the Madison County Detention Center with no bond.