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Suspect in drug store robbery caught by Mingo Sheriff’s Dept.

By Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

February 23, 2014

By Rachel Dove


rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com


WILLIAMSON - Mingo County sheriff’s deputies on Friday apprehended a male suspect who was wanted for allegedly robbing a Warfield, Ky., pharmacy at gunpoint the day before.


Dallas Daniel Stacy, 33, of Pilgrim, Ky., was placed under arrest by Sheriff James Smith, Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith and Sgt. James Muncy on U.S. Highway 119 at Big Splint Hollow, near the W.Va. State Road 52 exit at Millers Creek. The suspect was said to have in his possession a number of pharmacy stock bottles containing large amounts of narcotics that were identified as those that had been stolen from Warfield Drug on Thursday.


Thursday afternoon, Mingo County dispatchers alerted local police to be on the lookout for a gold-colored Buick with no license plate that had left the scene of the crime. The armed robber was said to have been wearing a hoodie and a ski mask and was holding a handgun by his side when he had entered the pharmacy. The employee was forced to remove bottles of certain medications from the safe and turn them over to the gunman. No injuries occurred during the crime.


Although the vehicle was not located the day of the robbery, the Mingo County deputies were keeping their eyes open for any leads associated with the the suspect. Friday afternoon at approximately 12:30 p.m., they received the lead they were looking for. The lead resulted in Stacy’s arrest a few miles north on U.S. 119.


“I’m proud of my department for this arrest today,” the sheriff said. “We’ve been searching for the suspect ever since we received the information about the robbery yesterday, and that hard work paid off. Thankfully, the arrest went smoothly and Stacy cooperated with our officers.”


The handgun allegedly used in the robbery was not located at the time of the arrest.


Stacy, who appeared to be under the influence at the time of his arrest, according to deputies, did grant the Daily News an interview, attempting to explain the presence of the large quantity of pharmacy stock bottles containing prescription medication found in his possession.


“I never had nothing to do with no robbery,” Stacy said. “Those girls that work in there know me well and they know my voice and would have recognized me.”


Asked how he came to have in his possession 10 pharmacy stock bottles of medication, Stacy replied that he had “bought them from a guy living at the Dempsey Apartments (in Hode, Ky.,) for $500.”


“I’ve never even stole a candy bar before,” the suspect said. “I’ve never so much as received a parking ticket … I have no record of being in trouble with the law in my whole life.”


Stacy said he had been raised in Martin County but had spent eight years in Columbus, Ohio, before recently returning to the area to take care of his ailing father after the death of his mother.


“That’s how those girls that work in the pharmacy know me,” the suspect explained. “I go in there 2-3 times a month to pick up my dad’s prescriptions. Yes, I have a drug problem … I admit that, but I did not rob that place.”


Stacy was charged with two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, one a Schedule III controlled substance (hydrocodone) and the other Schedule IV controlled substances (Lorazepam and Clonazepam). He was found to have in possession a total of 501 hydrocodone tablets (5 mg, 7.5 mg and 10 mg); 840 Clonazepam pills and 1,737 Lorazepam tablets.


Stacy faces armed robbery charges in Martin County and will be returned there after serving his time in Mingo County if he is convicted on the possession charges. He was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome on Friday evening and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden, where he remains on a $150,000 bond.