SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Several Mid-South law enforcement agencies worked together to make several arrests related to a string of recent pharmacy robberies. One of the suspects arrested has a long history of burglaries.
An investigation conducted by Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Office, and Bartlett Police Department led law enforcement to identify Marcus Walker, 39, as the primary suspect in three recent burglaries and break-ins.
Law enforcement identified three addresses that Walker could be located and executed a search warrant at each on June 1.
At the first home on Worthington Street, police found and arrested Marcus Walker and Priss Perry on charges related to the pharmacy burglaries. They also arrested Kevin Butler on unrelated charges.
"We're just glad to get this convicted felon off the streets," Floyd Bonner, chief deputy of the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, said.
At the home on Worthington, officers recovered 530 Tramadol tablets, 14 Alprazolam pills, six codeine pills, money, a money counter, and a marijuana grinder. They also seized a black Cadillac Escalade used in the burglaries.
At the second home on Hickory Hill Road, SWAT team officials and deputies took Tarance James into custody. They seized seven Promethazine pills, two Morphine pills, 20 ecstasy pills, and $202 in cash, all on James' person.
Officials also seized two empty Oxycodone bottles, a digital scale, and a .22 revolver.
A third and final search on Phyllis Cove led to a large number of prescription bottles. Officials seized codeine, pro meth syrup, and acetaminophen with codeine.
Deputies said Walker is currently on six years parole for previous pharmacy burglaries. He previously pleaded guilty to the burglaries of 103 pharmacies—he spent eight years behind bars for those crimes.
Walker is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of stolen property, and three counts of a burglary of a business. His bail was set at $1 million.
Perry is charged with possession of controlled substance with intent to sell, and possession of stolen property.