Burglars get nearly $10,000 worth of pills

Police are searching for suspects who used a brick to break in through a back door of the Gold Hill Pharmacy to steal nearly $10,000 worth of pills early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputies responded to a security alarm at 3:06 a.m. and arrived at the pharmacy at 808 N. 2nd Ave. to see three suspects running from the building.

After a short foot pursuit, Adam Glenn Beacham, 26, was caught by police with 12 bottles of oxycodone and oxycontin, worth about $6,000 in wholesale value to the pharmacy.

The other two suspects were able to get away from the scene on foot, leaving behind a blue Chevy pickup. Deputies later determined the men were using it without permission.

Pharmacy owner Alex Frum said the suspects took mostly painkillers, plus one bottle of penicillin and one bottle of heart pills, but he said these were probably mistakes.

"I'd say these pills would sell for four or five times, at least, what we paid for them," said Frum. "But it's hard to say what the total amount would have been."

Frum said about three-quarters of the stolen pills were recovered, but they all became useless to the pharmacy after leaving the building.

"They are no longer marketable to us," said Frum.

A cash register taken from the pharmacy also was recovered.

Beacham was charged with second-degree burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault, hindering prosecution, third-degree escape and possession of a controlled substance.

He was lodged in the Jackson County Jail where he remained Tuesday night on $100,000 bail.

Authorities still are searching for the two other men who broke into the building, and are looking to question Shehan Michael Boehme, about the incident.

Frum said the store had a similar burglary in 2008, but this time around the thieves created a bigger mess.

"They broke a door and a window," Frum said. "There was a lot of glass."

Frum arrived on scene along with the sheriff's deputies after the pharmacy's alarm company alerted them both.

"The response time was really quick from the Sheriff's Department," Frum said.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is asking anyone with information about Boehme or the robbery to call their tip line at 541-774-8333.

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