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Pharmacy burglary leads to two arrests

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HAUBSTADT, IN. (WFIE) - Federal agents are now involved in the investigation of a pharmacy burglary Sunday night in Haubstadt.

State police say they've received tips on the suspects since 14 News ran surveillance of a similar robbery back in June.

This time, authorities say the suspects were chased from a Haubstadt pharmacy to Big Cynthiana Road in Vanderburgh County.

John Feldman and Melissa Maynard, both of Evansville, were arrested.

Indiana State Police say these two broke into pharmacies and stole prescription drugs in three counties, but Sunday's burglary, at the Haubstabt pharmacy, was their theft. 

The other pharmacy break-ins, in no particular order were H&R Pharmacy in Poseyville, Chris' Pharmacy in New Harmony, Mt. Vernon Pharmacy in Mt. Vernon, and Guthrie's Pharmacy in Chandler.

For three months, police say they've had a hunch that the man caught on tape stealing prescription drugs from a Mt. Vernon pharmacy was John Feldman.

"We had really good video of it," says Frank Smith, Master Trooper ISP. "And when the TV stations played it, we got anonymous phone calls that it was him."

Since then, Indiana State Police have been keeping an eye on Feldman's whereabouts, but, Sunday night, police received a single phone call that lead to his and one other persons arrest.

"They had information that the suspects were going to fish around for a pharmacy to break into," says Smith. "They found Haubstadt last night. They broke in and found a large tub of articles from there."

Smith says Feldman and Melissa Maynard ran out of store with a couple thousand dollars in prescription drugs, and got into their car.

Police say they followed closely behind them.

"A pursuit took place and they were eventually apprehended," says Smith.

Once apprehended, Smith says authorities determined that the man in the surveillance video was in fact Feldman and that there was evidence that links Feldman to four other pharmacy burglaries since May.

Tonight Smith wants to thank the public for helping them to catch these criminals.

"I am really happy this happened the way it did," says Smith.

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