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BCSO: NC man arrested in pharmacy burglary spree

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Adam Harris (Source: BCSO) Adam Harris (Source: BCSO)
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday morning in connection with a string of burglaries at pharmacies. 

Adam Harris, 31, of Monroe, NC, is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of theft of a controlled substance. 

Deputies with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office responded just after 9 a.m. Sunday to a report of a suspicious person/vehicle at Port Royal Plaza. 

When they got there, deputies saw a gold Honda Pilot parked behind Fiesta Fresh with the engine running and driver's side door open. They found Harris in the car, passed out in the driver's seat and several  prescription medicine bottles inside the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. 

Deputies determined that Harris matched the description of someone who had just been observed on video surveillance breaking into a pharmacy at nearby Pineland Station. Evidence found in the car linked him to that burglary and another at Main Street Village, according to the sheriff's office. 

Harris is believed to have started his burglary spree at Island Crossings Walgreens at 11 Palmetto Bay Rd., and then made a burglary attempt at the Hilton Head Imaging at 23 Main St., and burglarized Burke's Pharmacy at 1101 Main St. and Stephens Compounding Pharmacy at 430 William Hilton Pkwy., according to the BCSO. 

Harris has not been charged with the break-ins at the Walgreens or Hilton Head Imaging.

Harris unsuccessfully tried to break into the Islands Crossings Walgreens through the pharmacy's drive-thru window, according to the sheriff's office. The attempt resulted in an estimated $2,000 in damage. 

Harris thought that Hilton Head Imaging was a pharmacy and smashed the office's front window and glass entry door. Nothing was reported stolen, but there was an estimated $2,500 in damage to the business. 

At 5:45 a.m., deputies had responded to Burke's after an alarm went off. They found in reference to an activated alarm. They found a front window was found shattered and more than $3,500 in various prescription medications was reported stolen the pharmacy. 

Just before 6:30 a.m., the owners of Stephens Compounding Pharmacy went to the business after they were notified that an alarm was going off. They didn't see any sign of a break-in and thought it was a false alarm. 

They contacted the sheriff's office after watching their surveillance video and saw that a man broke in through a side door, stole a cash drawer containing $150 and an estimated $600 in prescription medication. 

The stolen cash and medications, not including the pills Harris ingested, were recovered. The investigation continues and more charges may be sought pending analysis of collected DNA evidence.

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