October 15, 2015

Man arrested for burglarizing pharmacy

A Tavernier man is in jail, arrested for burglarizing a CVS pharmacy after it was closed for the night.

Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Kerns responded to the CVS Store at the 91 mile marker in Tavernier at 9 p.m. An employee at the store told Deputy Kerns a man had come into the store, jumped the pharmacy counter and had taken a garbage bag full of Sudafed and other similar medicines. She said she heard the pharmacy alarm go off, yelled at him to stop, but he ran out of the store with the bag.

Deputy Kerns watched video surveillance that showed a white male wearing a black and white striped shirt, a black baseball cap, sunglasses and jean shorts with red underwear visible. The video confirmed the employees version of events.

Within minutes, Deputy Kerns and Deputy Deanna Torres were dispatched to a domestic situation just north of the CVS Store. When Deputy Kerns arrived, he saw the same man as the one in the video arguing with a woman outside of a trailer. The man was identified as 26 year old Ronald Williams. Williams was arrested. His girlfriend, with whom he had been arguing, gave the deputies permission to search their trailer for the garbage bag of drugs.

The drugs were recovered inside the trailer. Williams admitted to having a “drug problem”. pseudoefedrine, an ingredient found in the medication he stole from the pharmacy, is commonly used in the manufacture of Methamphetamine.


Williams was charged with burglary of an occupied structure and theft.

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