A Pauls Valley man was arrested after being accused of breaking into a local drug store and stealing thousands of opioid pills.
Justin Lambeth, 38, of Pauls Valley is accused of breaking into the Crescent Drug store in Wynnewood.
Wynnewood police were called to the store around 7 a.m. as the store’s alarms were going off.
“Wynnewood responded to the call and found out that someone had actually broke in, so they started running with their investigation,” said Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett.
The investigation took officers to the back of the store where it looked like someone made entry through a door.
This isn’t the first time Crescent Drug has dealt with a break-in. On August 5, a suspect gained entry through the same back door.
“It looks to us like he (Lambert) climbed over a wall that separates the rooms and was able to climb over there and get on the ceiling tiles and actually make his way through to the pharmacy area,” said Mullett.
It was items, police believe, Lambeth left behind at the scene that made him a suspect. Police believe Lambeth was inside the drug store for five to seven minutes.
Lambeth is accused of stealing 2,299 Oxycodone pills, 396 Oxycontin pills and almost 781 morphine pills. The total value of items stolen is $2,512.64, according to court records.
“My fear is that they could already be sold, could have already been trafficked to another location,” said Mullett. “We’ve got some other things in the fire trying to locate those that we believe are involved and maybe try to get some of this stuff off the streets.”
The Wynnewood Police Department and the Garvin County Sheriff’s office are both working the case.
“We’ve got to work together to get these guys off the streets and make them be held accountable for some of the crimes that they are doing,” said Mullett.
A small amount of meth was found in Lambeth’s home during a search warrant.
If you have any information, you’re urged to contact the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office by phone or Facebook.
A reward is being offered.