Chicago police caught a burglar red-handed as he tried to leave a Loop drugstore with thousands of dollars worth of inventory this weekend, prosecutors said.
“I’m really interested in this $3,800 worth of stuff,” Judge Arthur Willis said as he called Djaris Pierce before him in bond court on Sunday afternoon.
A prosecutor told Willis that police who responded to a burglar alarm found the front revolving door broken at CVS, 105 South Wabash, around 7:50 a.m. Saturday.
Cops entered the store and encountered Pierce as he walked down a staircase from the second-floor pharmacy, the prosecutor said. Inside Pierce’s backpack, police allegedly found 20 bottles of various prescription drugs and prescription inhalers.
The pharmacy’s roll-up security gate had been pried open. Surveillance video allegedly captured images of Pierce breaking through the store’s front door and then heading toward the pharmacy.
Willis, noting the 26-year-old’s lack of criminal background, released Pierce on his own recognizance.