Drugstore cowboy caught in the act

Drugstore cowboy caught in the act

A man reportedly attempting to steal from an Orange drugstore was caught in the act by officers responding to an alarm on Friday, May 16 at close to 2 a.m.

According to a report from the Orange Police Department, officers responded to an alarm at Sholar's Medicine Chest at 1301 West Park Ave. Upon arrival at the location, officers determined entry had been made into the building where the store is located and reported, "It was also apparent that the pharmacy had been entered through the ceiling from an adjacent hallway, inside the building." While at the scene, OPD Office Brice Due located a suspect attempting to evade on foot, according to police. The suspect identified himself as 29-year-old Elmus Jamal Andrews of Orange. Andrews was detained by officers, who then secured and reviewed video footage from drugstore security cameras. According to the report, officers were able to see Andrews enter the building at approximately 1:38 a.m. on the recovered video. Andrews was arrested for burglary of a building and transported to the Orange County Jail.

A database search revealed Andrews has previous arrests for possession of a controlled substance, possession of dangerous drugs, and failure to identify, and a conviction for felony possession of a controlled substance from a 2005 offense for which he received six years probation. After a probation violation, Andrews spent more than a year in the TDCJ unit in Huntsville.

Police are still investigating the May 16 incident.