Police dog finds pharmacy cat burglar


Police dog Axe. Image courtesy South Australia police via Facebook.
Police dog Axe. Image courtesy South Australia police via Facebook.

A man broke into a South Australian pharmacy through the air conditioning ducts, then ingested a cocktail of prescription medicines

South Australian police have issued a statement about a Salisbury North man who allegedly broke into a Salisbury pharmacy early on Tuesday morning.

Just after 6.30am on Tuesday 27 October, Northern District police were called to a pharmacy after its alarm system went off.

On arriving, they noticed that an air-conditioning vent on the roof had been disturbed – and noises were coming from inside the pharmacy.

They cordoned off the area, and called in a Police Dog patrol to search the premises.

PD Axe and handler then searched the pharmacy.

They found a man hiding in a rear office behind a display.

The 21-year-old man from Salisbury was arrested for serious criminal trespass and property damage, after he allegedly caused substantial damage to the air-conditioning ducts on entry and smashed several shop displays.

The arrested man was taken to the Lyell McEwen Hospital for treatment after he admitted ingesting several types of prescription medication just prior to being arrested.

Police remained at the scene for several hours, with STAR group officers assisted by an MFS crew to search the roof space of the pharmacy and other adjoining premises for other possible offenders.

Just before midday after an extensive search, the area was cleared with no other persons located.

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