FBI arrests suspect in heist of Mount Clemens pharmacy

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

The FBI has arrested a suspect wanted in connection with the armed heist of a Mount Clemens pharmacy and 3,800 stolen prescription pills.

The suspect, who has not been indicted, was arrested by agents Friday, just hours after the early morning incident in which three gunmen robbed the MI Care Pharmacy on Church Street near Gratiot Avenue.

All three suspects covered their faces with scarves and wore gloves. The first suspect also wore blue jeans and a tan coat. The second wore green pants and a black coat. The third had on a black track suit, according to authorities.

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court on Monday, the suspects stole about 1,000 Alprazolam pills, 2,000 Hydrocodone pills, 500 Oxycodone pills and 300 Oxymorphone pills and placed them into a striped bag.

Police placed the suspect’s residence under surveillance. After he left in a vehicle, they arrested him and a female passenger on outstanding traffic warrants.

After obtaining a search warrant for the suspect’s home, investigators found clothing matching the description of clothing worn by one of the suspects according to witnesses at the scene, as well as two black Glock handguns, according to the complaint.

One of the guns was confirmed stolen out of Detroit.

According to Macomb County police, the suspects entered the pharmacy’s front door at about 9:40 a.m. and ordered two employees to the rear of the store. One of the suspects forced one of the employees to open the safe, but it was empty, police said.