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Lyon's Corner Drug pharmacists Jennifer Campbell, left, and Wendy Lyon, work Tuesday afternoon in the pharmacy. Police say a man broke into the pharmacy Monday night and attempted to take painkillers.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs man is accused of breaking into Lyon's Corner Drug on Monday night and trying to take painkillers.
Steamboat Springs police said Christopher Timmerman, 23, used a hammer to break a window on the western side of the building at 840 Lincoln Ave. A passer-by called police just after 10 p.m., Capt. Joel Rae said.
Timmerman dropped bottles of the store's OxyContin, a prescription painkiller, when taken into custody, Rae said. Police arrested him without problems, Rae said.
Timmerman's finger was cut on glass during the incident, and he was treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center before being taken to Routt County Jail, Rae said.
Police arrested Timmerman on suspicion of second-degree burglary, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and fourth-degree theft. All are felonies except fourth-degree theft, which is a misdemeanor.
Timmerman was read the booking charges Tuesday and was being held Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $20,000 bail, authorities said.
Rusty Prindle, a deputy Routt County district attorney, said he probably would file charges today. He said he expected those charges to deviate little from the booking charges.
"The theft charge and the possession of controlled substance I may fine-tune, but they'll still be charged," Prindle said. He added that Timmerman probably would face a criminal mischief charge.
Wendy Lyon, one of the store's owners, said she received a call Monday night from the store's security company, which called police during the break-in.
"We came into town to check things out and board up the window that was broken and tidy up broken glass and that type of thing," Lyon said.
Monday's break-in wasn't the first at Lyon's Drug, she said. Prescription drugs were taken in another incident during the past year, Lyon said. That time, the burglar was gone when police arrived.
She didn't yet have an estimate for the cost of the window repairs. Still, Lyon said she was pleased that no one was injured.
"The police, of course, were very close and were able to get right here. : From our perspective, we were glad there was no damage done besides the window and nothing taken," Lyon said.