Henrietta man catches burglar; one arrested in pharmacy break-in

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Kasey Eldon Rodgers, 34, of Henrietta has been charged with burglary of a building after two witnesses saw Rodgers exiting Henrietta Pharmacy early Friday morning.

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Bill Nelson of Henrietta told deputies that he and another man were in downtown Henrietta around midnight when he heard a loud crash that sounded like a gunshot, and saw a shattered window on the north side of the Henrietta Pharmacy building.

The break-in was reported at 12:02 a.m.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Nelson saw a man wearing a white t-shirt and white shorts exit from the back entrance of the building with a white trash bag and run south through the alley. Nelson rode his bicycle to the corner of Clay and Gilbert streets, where he saw the man standing at the corner of 112 East Gilbert St. Nelson told deputies the man turned and ran out of sight.

Clay County deputies and a DPS Trooper searched the area and found a white trash bag containing prescription medication from the pharmacy hidden among old meat processing equipment at an apartment building located at 112 East Gilbert. The building was once a meat locker.

Officers heard movement near the equipment, where they located Rodgers, who matched Nelson’s description.

Inside the plastic bag were found 19 white paper sacks containing various prescriptions. Deputies also discovered that phone lines to the building had been cut, disabling the alarm system. The window had been broken with a hammer, found on the floor inside the building.

Security cameras inside the building showed a white male wearing a white shirt and shorts filling a trash sack with prescription medications.

Burglary of a building is a state jail felony. Bond was set at $25,000.

Rodgers was arrested Feb. 22 for burglary of a habitation.

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