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Man suspected of burglarizing pharmacy twice

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

Analysis of evidence in a 2005 burglary to a pharmacy led to the arrest of a man who already faced charges in another burglary to the business in 2006, Decatur police said.

Mathew Allen Brown, 27, of 2924 McDonald Drive S.W., now faces two counts of third-degree burglary in connection with the May 5, 2005, and Sept. 30 break-ins at Pill Box Pharmacy, in which bottles of prescription medication were taken.

Brown also faces a charge of second-degree burglary to a home in the 700 block of Westwood Drive Southwest on July 19 and three charges of first-degree robbery in connection a robbery to Valley Drugs, 1101 16th Ave. S.E., on Oct. 4.

In the Oct. 4 robbery, Brown, disguised by a camouflage mask, allegedly pointed a pistol at a pharmacist and forced him to hand over bottles of pills, police said.

Police said they recovered some of the stolen medicines two days later, when Brown, confronted near the Ramada Inn on Alabama 67, tried to outrun officers on foot while carrying a backpack full of pill bottles.

Brown has remained in Morgan County Jail on a probation violation since police caught him Oct. 6.

He was in jail when police arrested him Tuesday.

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