Robbery suspects jailed
by By Jack Latta
PRESTONSBURG — Two men are being held following a weekend burglary attempt at a Prestonsburg pharmacy.
According to Prestonsburg Police officials, Michael Sargent, 43, of Tram, and Jimmy Coleman, 52, of Pikeville, were arrested after allegedly breaking into and attempting to steal from the Prestonsburg Rite-Aid Pharmacy July 18.
The police report states that Michael Sargent was observed by police behind the building, dressed in camouflage clothing, after officers were dispatched to the location because a burglar alarm had been triggered.
Sargent and Coleman allegedly cut a large hole into the back wall of the business. Sargent was arrested at the scene with two bags which contained 69 pill bottles. Officer Adam Dixon estimated the street value of the schedule III, IV and V narcotics to be roughly $69,000. According to the report, Sargent, who was found with burglary tools, admitted to the officer that he had broken into the store to steal drugs, “so he could sell them for profit.”
According to an arrest warrant issued later for Coleman, he reportedly acted as a lookout while the hole was being cut into he wall, and then entered the pharmacy and helped remove the narcotics.
Both men are being held in the Floyd County Detention Center on $25,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing was held for Sargent and his case has been remanded to a grand jury.
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