Police use oxycontin GPS tracker to find suspects - FOX 35 News Orlando

Police use oxycontin GPS tracker to find pharmacy-robbing suspects

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Police are trying to determine if men suspected of robbing a Detroit pharmacy are connected to other pharmacy robbings around Oakland County. The men were arrested after police used a GPS tracker on stolen oxycontin to find the men.

It started Thursday morning when two pharmacy burglaries were reported in Independence Township and Orion Township. These alerts prompted Auburn Hills Police to do a quick patrol around their area pharmacies.

When officers pulled into the parking lot of the Ultimate Medical Pharmacy on North Opdyke Road, they found suspects trying to break open a back door. The suspects separated as soon they saw police and drove off in a white Trailblazer and a Chrysler 300.

Police drove after the Chrysler which lead to a high-speed chase on I-75. Troy and Madison Heights Police laid down spike-stop strips to try and stop the suspects but they got away and police called off the chase.

Shortly after that, at around 8 a.m., an armed robbery took place at a Rite Aid in Detroit near Livernois Avenue. The thieves got away with money and oxycontin. The oxycontin, however, had a GPS tracking device which lead police to the suspects.

"The larger pharmaceutical companies are going to this type of security system so it makes it a little more difficult for the average robber to just get away with whatever now," explains Sgt. Mike Woody of the Detroit Police.

Police arrested four men at a home on Fenelon Street near Seven Mile Road. At that home, police also conducted a search inside a white Trailblazer.

Investigators are looking into whether these burglaries are connected.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dearborn man bound for trial for fatal soccer referee punch

    Dearborn man bound for trial for fatal soccer referee punch

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:53:32 GMT
    A Dearborn man will see a trial for second degree murder, accused of killing a soccer referee with one punch.Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was bound over for trial in the death of John Bienewicz in 16th District Court today.Saad was ejected from an adult soccer game in Livonia -- when witnesses say he turned around and punched Bienewicz in the face June 29 .A Wayne County medical examiner testified that Bienewicz lost consciousness before he hit the ground.The defense said that it was a competitive ...
    A Dearborn man will see a trial for second degree murder, accused of killing a soccer referee with one punch.Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad was bound over for trial in the death of John Bienewicz in 16th District Court today.Saad was ejected from an adult soccer game in Livonia -- when witnesses say he turned around and punched Bienewicz in the face June 29 .A Wayne County medical examiner testified that Bienewicz lost consciousness before he hit the ground.The defense said that it was a competitive ...
  • Testimony: Renisha McBride pounded on homeowner's door before being fatally shot

    Testimony: Renisha McBride pounded on homeowner's door before being fatally shot

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:47:47 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) -- A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said photos of McBride's body show a "small superficial laceration" on her left hand. It "could have come from pounding on something," Spitz said.The testimony was ...
    DETROIT (AP) -- A former medical examiner sparred with a prosecutor Thursday over a wound on the hand of a woman who was fatally shot on a Detroit-area porch, telling jurors it seems to fit the defense's claim that Renisha McBride was pounding on the homeowner's doors before she was killed.Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic pathologist, said photos of McBride's body show a "small superficial laceration" on her left hand. It "could have come from pounding on something," Spitz said.The testimony was ...
  • Twitter tussle erupts after Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit

    Twitter tussle erupts after Price traded from Tampa Bay to Detroit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:31:19 GMT
    A friendly scuffle broke out on Twitter after the news Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was traded to Detroit.
    A friendly scuffle broke out on Twitter after the news Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price was traded to Detroit.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices