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Pickax used to break into pharmacy

March 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM

METAIRIE, La., March 18 (UPI) -- Authorities in Louisiana said they arrested a pharmacy burglary suspect accused of leaving behind the pickax he allegedly used to break through a wall.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the pharmacy in Metairie Feb. 18 and discovered someone had used a pickax to chisel a person-sized hole in the business' wall and made off with an undisclosed amount of narcotics, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Monday.

Investigators found a pickax at the scene believed to have been used to break though the cinder block wall. The tool still had a price tag attached and was tracked to a home improvement store, where deputies obtained surveillance camera footage of a man buying the pickax and a sledge hammer. The cameras also captured footage of the man's license plate.

Deputies said the same man was seen on surveillance footage from a store near the pharmacy on the night of the burglary.

The man, identified as Scott Rodrigue, 43, allegedly had some of the stolen narcotics at his residence, the sheriff's office said.

Rodrigue was charged with pharmacy burglary and drug possession. He was released on $70,000 bail.

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