A Kennewick man is accused of prying apart the roof of The Connell Pharmacy so he could steal medications.
Anthony Paul Freeman-Hamlett, 41, pleaded innocent to second-degree burglary and possession of hydrocodone, both felonies, in addition to possession of burglary tools, a gross misdemeanor.
Trial is scheduled Nov. 6.
Connell police Officer Michael Thorson was responding to a burglary alarm at 3:37 a.m. Aug. 7 when he looked through the pharmacy window and saw a person in a sweatshirt with a hood over his head and a bandana around his face.
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The suspect was seen picking up bottles of pills, looking at them and placing them back down, before gathering more pill bottles.
Thorson found both the front and back doors of the business were locked. Franklin County sheriff's Deputy Monty Huber came to assist Thorson, and waited near the front door while Thorson went around back.
That's when Thorson saw the suspect on the roof of the pharmacy and shouted, "Connell Police Department, do not move," court documents said.
The suspect ran across the roof, slid down a wall and crossed Columbia Avenue, only to later be arrested by Huber. The suspect then was identified as Freeman-Hamlett, documents said.
Thorson reported that he used a ladder to get on top of the roof to see how the alleged burglar got inside pharmacy.
Court documents said Freeman-Hamlett used a flat pry bar to pull the roof apart, then tied off a rope onto a power pole and used it to slide down into the business. Thorson also allegedly found a power drill and power saw used to make a hole in the roof.
A duffel bag found near the hole contained many stolen pill bottles, including several hundred pills of hydrocodone and oxycodone and other pills and syrups, documents said.