Man accused of drug store burglary

CLINTON — An Illinois man is facing 12 charges stemming from an alleged burglary.

Daniel J. Whitcomb, 26, of Ophiem, Illinois, is charged with one count of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony; second-degree theft, a Class D felony; possession of burglar’s tools, an aggravated misdemeanor; eluding, a serious misdemeanor; and eight counts of possession of a controlled substance, first offense, a serious misdemeanor.

According to the affidavit, at 2:49 a.m. June 22, an officer was dispatched to Scott Drug Store, 629 Sixth Ave., DeWitt, in reference to a burglar alarm. An officer arrived on scene at 2:51 a.m. and observed a main entrance door and a secondary entrance door was shattered. Scott Drug Store was closed for business at the time of the call. The officer later observed two subjects approach the front door of the business from the interior of the business. The two subjects after the officer announced himself retreated farther back into the store, out of sight from the officer. The subjects were wearing dark clothing and had their faces concealed.

The affidavit continues that shortly after, the officer heard a vehicle on the north side of the business rev its engine and believed it was the vehicle he observed parked on the north side of the business. The officer saw an orange Honda traveling west on Seventh Street. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver eluded the officer, according to court records. The officer pursued the vehicle from DeWitt until the vehicle crossed the Mississippi River on Interstate 280 into Illinois. The officer at this time terminated the pursuit. The officer was notified six minutes later that Illinois law enforcement agencies had the vehicle stopped. The occupants ran from the vehicle. Several law enforcement officers on scene were unable to find the occupants. The vehicle was towed to the DeWitt Police Department.

The affidavit states the officer learned a Rock Island, Illinois police officer obtained video of the two subjects fleeing the vehicle as it stopped. A Rock Island Police Department employee later that day provided the DeWitt Police Department with a written statement identifying the driver as Whitcomb.

The affidavit states a DeWitt Police Department officer met with an owner of Scott Drug Store, who reported several controlled substances had been stolen from the pharmacy. The officer was provided with an inventory of the stolen medication showing over 3,000 dosage units of medication had been taken from the pharmacy at an estimated value of $7,731.03.

A search warrant on the vehicle was applied for and granted. Several controlled substances were recovered from the vehicle, court records state. The containers included various drugs. Several containers were unopened. Others were opened but still contained controlled substances. A crowbar, gloves and a flashlight were found in the vehicle. Video surveillance from Scott Drug Store showed the doors to the business were shattered with a crow bar. The video showed the offenders wore gloves and had at least one flashlight.