Father, Son Charged In Pharmacy Break-In
A father and son were charged Wednesday after a search of their Pinehurst residence turned up prescription pills allegedly taken during a break-in at a Vass pharmacy.
Three county law-enforcement agencies participated in the arrest of Richard Michael Fortner, 59, and Richard Michael Fortner II, 22, of 154 Lakeview condominiums on charges related to a break-in at Cooper's Pharmacy in Vass.
The break-in was reported to Vass police on Monday, said Vass Police Chief Rick Bibey. He said someone cut a hole in the side of the building to get into the pharmacy.
Capt. Floyd Thomas, of the Pinehurst Police Department, said that the search warrant was executed about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after his department received information developed by the Vass police about the suspects in the break-in. The search warrant was obtained by Vass police, and both departments were involved in the initial search.
During the search of the Fortners' home, police discovered "massive quantities" of prescription pills, including OxyContin and Percocet, and thousands of dollars in cash, Thomas said. After that discovery, Thomas said members of the Moore County Sheriff's Office narcotics unit were called in to help with the search.
Both Fortners are being held in the Moore County Detention Center, with bail set at $200,000 for each.
The father and son face multiple charges, including felony conspiracy, breaking and entering, larceny, possession with intent to sell or deliver schedule II, II and IV controlled substances and trafficking in opium or heroin.
Contact Hunter Chase at (910) 693-2478 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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