A 28-year-old man admitted trying to steal numerous medications from the Connell Pharmacy in August after using pry tools and a blow torch to open a back door.
Cameron Jon Rydrych of Pasco was sentenced this week in Franklin County Superior Court to three years and seven months in prison for his guilty plea to second-degree burglary.
A Connell police officer and Franklin County sheriff's deputy found the back door of the 140 N. Connell Ave. business partially open after responding to an alarm at 4 a.m. Aug. 17.
Authorities looked through a glass door and could see someone wearing a hooded sweatshirt, black gloves and a headlamp walking behind the medication counter. A metal door was forced open and had several burn marks around the door knob and deadbolt.
The suspect was found inside holding a white plastic garbage bag and was ordered to get down on the ground. That's when police recognized Rydrych from previous contacts, court documents said.
After his arrest, he told police, "It's a done deal, you caught me. There is nothing to say," documents said.
The garbage bag had numerous pharmacy bottles, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and pseudoephedrine.
Rydrych's criminal history includes three second-degree burglary convictions and one for attempted second-degree burglary.
Pasco man pleads innocent to threatening his wife
A 32-year-old Pasco man is charged with threatening to kill his wife in front of their four children after the family left a party.
Enrique Rodriguez-Lopez pleaded innocent to felony harassment and unlawful imprisonment. His trial is Nov. 28.
Pasco police were sent to West Bonneville Street at 11:15 p.m. Sept. 23. Rodriguez-Lopez's wife told officers that after leaving the party, her husband became angry and drove away very fast, not allowing their teenage daughter to fasten her seat belt, court documents said.
Rodriguez-Lopez then slammed the brakes hard enough to send his daughter into the front seat, documents said. He was threatening to kill his wife and she believed he would go through with it, documents said.
Prosecutors allege that Rodriguez-Lopez grabbed his wife's hair and tried to pull her back into the car when she tried to run from him. He also grabbed her chin and pulled at the back of her head.
The 32-year-old victim eventually got free and ran away from the car with their four children. However, Rodriguez-Lopez followed them and drove up onto the sidewalk to stop them, documents said.
Rodriguez-Lopez allegedly had been drinking before the incident. His wife asked for a no-contact order, and Rodriguez-Lopez was told to stay away from her while the case is pending.
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