Arrest made in Birmingham pharmacy burglary

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Late this past Tuesday, deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a burglary alarm at Corner Discount Drugs in the 10000 block of Corner School Road. The store had it front glass door had broken out, and bottles of prescription drugs stolen.

When officers met with the owner of the pharmacy, they reviewed the surveillance and found a white male with a beard and mustache, using an aluminum bat, shattering glass and gaining entry into the building. He was then seen placing several bottles of prescriptions into a red gym bag. The man then reportedly left the store on foot. The suspect was wearing a distinctive jacket, similar to one worn by emergency officials.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Detectives received information that a suspect wearing a similar jacket had been caught on camera shoplifting at a Wal-Mart in Sumiton. They were able to obtain a vehicle description and tag number, which led to a suspect. On Thursday, detectives arrested 29-year-old James Ryan Cox at his home in Dora. Cox has since been charged with Burglary 2nd Degree and Theft of Property 2nd Degree, and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $30,000.

CBS42 spoke with Randy Christian with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office about the jacket the suspect had been wearing. Though the jacket looks to be something along the lines of an emergency official’s coat, Christian says Cox is neither a fireman nor an EMT.

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