Glue Used To Nab Suspected Robber
A fed-up pharmacist, a little creativity and fast police work, resulted in a burglar bust in Sand Springs. The same suspect had broken into the Spoon Drug Store five times and gotten away clean and that's when the pharmacist took some drastic measures. News On 6 crime reporter Lori Fullbright reports each time they got broken into, the pharmacy increased its security, adding motion sensors to the alarm, adding more surveillance cameras, even replacing the broken glass door with tempered glass, but it was something much simpler and cheaper and quite ingenious that finally got the guy caught.
The suspect always broke the front glass, bolted through the store, jumped over the counter and went straight to the same cabinet.
"Pries it open, grabs his bottles and takes off," said Sand Springs Police Lieutenant Scott Averill.
He was in and out in less than 30 seconds, so police couldn't catch him. The store spent hundreds of dollars replacing broken windows and kept adding security. Despite all the cameras, they needed a good shot of his face, so they put a camera inside the cabinet when he opened the doors it would get a picture of him.
They also needed a way to stall him.
"We just saved some empty bottles of some of the medication we were dispensing and some board. And, glued them down. They were empty so if he did get them, he wouldn't get anything and we thought if it slowed him down, they could catch him," said Jim Pritchard with Spoon Drug.
It worked. The suspect tugged and tugged on those bottles, but the glue held and he couldn't swipe them and run like in the past.
"It was pretty good and it was funny and I'm glad we did get him," said Pritchard.
He had to spend time looking at other shelves for what he wanted, which meant he spent two minutes in the store instead of 30 seconds, which was enough for officers to nab him outside.
Twenty-eight-year-old Seth Glenn was outwitted by a clever pharmacist. Police even found Glenn's get-away vehicle.
"His getaway car was a bike and it was pretty nice bicycle too, that we're pending forfeiture on for our bike guys, we'll seize that for our bike patrol, so it was a bad night all the way around," said Lieutenant Averill with a laugh.
Now police have a nuisance in jail and the pharmacy has about as much security as Fort Knox. They had replaced the door with shatter proof glass, so that's why he went for the window.