Robinson man indicted for pharmacy burglaries

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A pill ring investigation that led last month to charges against a Robinson man who broke into the same pharmacy three times has resulted in 12 indictments, U.S. Attorney David Hickton's office announced today.

Facing narcotics, firearms and burglary charges is David Best, 27, of Robinson, who was accused last month of crimes including three burglaries of the Baden Med-Fast pharmacy. Twice he climbed down the exhaust vent of an adjacent Chinese restaurant and used a hacksaw to breach the pharmacy, and the third time he cut his way in from the hair salon on the other side, prosecutors have said.

Eleven others are now charged with being participants in his alleged conspiracy.

"These indictments charge participants at all levels of a western Pennsylvania oxycodone and Opana distribution ring -- from the leader, to the prescription thief, to the pharmacy burglars, to the runners who presented the fake prescriptions to be filled," said Mr. Hickton, in a press release. "Dismantling these operations continues to be a priority of this office as we endeavor to address the prescription drug abuse epidemic."

Mr. Best's detention hearing and preliminary examination are set for Aug. 1.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Economy Borough and Cranberry police investigated the alleged ring.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord.


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