Police link men to elaborate pharmacy smash- and-grabs
BATON ROUGE - Authorities told WBRZ News 2 Friday, they are wrapping up a year-long investigation into a group of men breaking into pharmacies with sledgehammers and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs.
Shortly before realising details of the investigation, Baton Rouge Police and the Louisiana State Police blocked several streets around Evangeline St. for a few hours as SWAT executed an arrest warrant in connection with the burglaries.
The man who the arrest warrant was for hid in an attic for more than an hour.
The man has not been identified and was later arrested along with two other men who were inside the home but surrendered without incident, according to troopers.
"It culminated today in several arrest warrants and search warrants," Trooper Jared Sandifer said of the pharmacy investigation. "State police along with Baton Rouge Police executed a search warrant to locate an individual who was wanted as a part of this investigation."
Sandifer said the man who SWAT took out of the attic is suspected to be part of the group responsible for the robberies.
State police did not release anymore information about the others believed to be involved in the group.
The investigation involves at least four pharmacy burglaries in three different parishes.