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Hospital employees help solve drug store burglary

Hospital staff said a bag of pills fell from David Gargus' clothes during treatment. (Source: Russellville PD) Hospital staff said a bag of pills fell from David Gargus' clothes during treatment. (Source: Russellville PD)
RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Police investigating a burglary at the Drug Shop in downtown Russellville earlier this week got a break thanks to hospital emergency room staff.

Investigators said 2,500 Xanax type pills and 30 fentanyl patches were stolen from the pharmacy.

Police responded to an overdose call at the local hospital Thursday night. When they got to the ER, they said hospital staff showed them a bag of prescription pills that had fallen from the man's clothes as they were treating him.

After further investigation, police matched the pills with the missing drugs. They said they found the rest of the pills and patches while searching the man's home.

"To be able to close a case this fast, it's beneficial for us to be able to get that amount of prescription pills, off the street that fast," said Scotty Lowery with the Russellville Police Department. "They didn't fall into the hands of a child or someone else."

Police said David Gargus is still in the hospital under guarded watch. Charges and an arrest are pending.

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