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Crime Notes: Police make burglary arrest at Tiger Drug

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A Stillwater man was arrested Friday after police interrupted a burglary in progress at a Stillwater drug store.

Police arrested Brian Jarred Scott, 31, on charges of burglary and resisting arrest after he cut a hole in a drug store roof and attempted to steal drugs, money and keys to a vehicle according to police reports.

Minutes after 4 a.m., Stillwater police officers responded to a report of a burglary alarm going off at Tiger Drug at 825 S. Walnut St. When they arrived on the scene, officers discovered every exterior door was still locked and secure, but they could see loose ceiling tiles and a dangling light fixture through the window.

While they waited for an employee to arrive who could unlock the store, officers also noticed a ladder leaning against a wall inside the store, according to the police report.

After they gained entrance to the building, officers noticed damage to the office door and pill bottles scattered around the floor. One officer also noticed that the drug store’s safe had been cut open.

One of the officers outside saw someone throw a black bag off the roof at the same time as officers inside reported they heard someone running along the roof. According to police reports, Scott jumped off the roof and started running.

Scott ran into a yard on Orchard Street and attempted to hide in brush against a wooden fence, according to the police reports. Officers ordered him to show his hands and come out, and he refused. While one of the officers “maintained lethal cover,” according to the police report, the other tased Scott. An additional officer handcuffed Scott, and he was taken to the city jail.

Officers found three or four white trash bags with items from the pharmacy on the roof, and one officer reported there were several bottles of pills and power tools in the black bag Scott allegedly threw off the roof. Officers also found keys in Scott’s possession which belonged to the pharmacy’s delivery vehicle.

Tiger Drug was the victim of an attempted robbery earlier this year, when an unidentified man walked into the drug store with a gun on March 22. According to Capt. Kyle Gibbs of SPD, the would-be robber ran when the employee yelled at him. Police are still investigating that case.

Scott appeared in court Tuesday and has been charged with burglary in the second degree. Bail was set at $20,000.