Northeast Times

Second suspect arrested in pharmacy heist

Phil­adelphia po­lice on Fri­day an­nounced the ar­rest of a second man in con­nec­tion with the May 5 burg­lary of the Delaire Phar­macy in East Tor­res­dale.

Samuel Wiley, 45, of the 6900 block of Key­stone St. in Ta­cony, al­legedly con­spired with an­oth­er man to break in­to the busi­ness, dis­arm the alarm sys­tem and steal pre­scrip­tion med­ic­a­tions. De­tect­ives iden­ti­fied him as one of the burg­lars after “a long and in­tense in­vest­ig­a­tion” and ar­res­ted him on Aug. 28 at an un­dis­closed loc­a­tion. Po­lice did not de­tail evid­ence link­ing Wiley to the crime.

On Aug. 23, po­lice from Phil­adelphia and North Wild­wood ar­res­ted Wiley’s al­leged ac­com­plice, Den­nis Woods, 37, of the 4000 block of Bleigh Ave. Woods was holed up at the Aruba Motel at 20th and Surf av­en­ues in North Wild­wood, po­lice said. Phil­adelphia au­thor­it­ies took cus­tody of him last Thursday. Pre­vi­ously, Woods lived in South Philly.

De­tect­ives re­covered sur­veil­lance video from the crime that showed two men ar­riv­ing at the phar­macy, at 9456 State Road, in a red Jeep Grand Cher­o­kee. One of the men broke in­to the busi­ness, while the oth­er waited out­side listen­ing to a po­lice scan­ner, po­lice said. The in­side man dis­armed an alarm and took nu­mer­ous pills. A short time later, the out­side man aler­ted his part­ner that the po­lice were com­ing. Both burg­lars then fled in the Jeep north­bound on State Road.

Both men are charged with burg­lary and re­lated of­fenses. Wiley is also charged with drug pos­ses­sion and is sched­uled for a Sept. 12 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. Woods is sched­uled for a Sept. 20 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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