DOUBLE SPRINGS - The same man who was seen on security footage breaking into Harrison Drugs and allegedly stealing controlled substances two months ago was caught in the act when he returned to the business and repeated his steps Saturday, Sept. 3.
Makil Delvon Moore, 26, of Bessemer, has been charged with pharmacy robbery, trafficking dangerous drugs, burglary, theft of property and criminal mischief as a result of the latest incident at Harrison Drugs, located on Highway 195, according to Double Springs Police Chief Kim Miller.
Moore wore the same clothing and repeated his steps nearly identically from the July 3, incident, but this time faced more obstacles due to heightened security methods and quick reactions from law enforcement.
Around 2:52 a.m. Sept. 3, Winston County sheriff’s dispatch received an alarm call from Harrison Drugs, with Double Springs officer Brandon Williams and sheriff’s deputies Chris Franks and Sam Kelly responding to the call, authorities said.
Upon getting close to the pharmacy, Williams observed a male subject wearing black pants, a black hoodie, a mask and a backpack, Miller stated. The subject was also wearing just one shoe, with the other shoe on the sidewalk, police said, adding the subject had lost a shoe during the break-in and was lying on the sidewalk when they arrived, Miller noted.
“He had exited the building through the broken glass, head first onto the sidewalk,” Miller stated. “When he saw the patrol car, he immediately jumped to his feet and took off in a sprint with one shoe on, one off.”
Williams pulled toward the subject in his patrol car, with Franks pulling a vehicle in front of the fleeing subject trying to stop him, police said. Moore reportedly injured his foot during his escape attempt and was placed into handcuffs, authorities on the scene said.
Regional Paramedical Service Ambulance responded to the scene and treated Moore’s injury, with Moore then being transported by law enforcement to the Winston County Jail in Double Springs, Miller pointed out.
The Jordan backpack taken from the subject, looked identical to the one he was allegedly wearing when he broke into Harrison Drugs the first time, according to security video, Miller said. The backpack contained bottles of controlled substances he had removed from the pharmacy portion of the business, police said. Moore had filled the backpack with 20 bottles of Oxycontin, equaling 3,800 pills, according to Miller.
Video surveillance taken from Harrison Drugs both July 3 and Sept. 3, showed Moore using identical measures to commit the break-in and theft. This included throwing a brick through a front window of the business, police said.
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