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Horseshoe Bay arrest may shed some light on local pharmacy break-ins

HORSESHOE  BAY — A weekend arrest by officers may close on the book on as many as four break-ins at a local pharmacy after a man was nabbed following a car chase.

Police Chief Bill Lane said officers arrested 21-year-old Aaron Jenkins of Horseshoe Bay after a brief pursuit on FM 2147 and onto Thanksgiving Mountain Road shortly after midnight Saturday.

Jenkins has been charged with three counts of burglary of a building and evading arrest with a vehicle. He remained in the Llano County Jail Monday in lieu of posting a $24,000 bond, according to jail records.

Lane said the chase began after officers spotted a baseball bat-wielding man wearing a ski mask and gloves outside Bay Pharmacy in the 7400 block of 2147.

The pharmacy had been burglarized three times since Jan. 1, prompting officers to keep a close watch on the building, Lane said.

“Officers have been on continuous surveillance of the building for the last three weeks since the last break-in Feb. 14,” the chief said in a statement.

During that burglary, Lane said the thief was apparently frightened away by the pharmacy’s automated security system, but during the first two burglaries, several drugs were stolen.

Lane said that in the latest case, the patrol officer saw a van parked near the pharmacy building shortly after midnight, adding a figure was walking toward the side entrance.

“As the officer began making his way closer to the pharmacy, the suspect apparently panicked and fled the scene with the officer in pur suit,” Lane said. “Along the way, the suspect threw the ski mask out of the window.”

After the arrest, Lane said, the man was taken to the Police Department, where officers continued to investigate links to earlier break-ins.

He said police have continuously probed the case since the first burglary in January.

“During that time, investigators have developed several suspects, (and) worked closely with other agencies who have experienced pharmacy break-ins,” Lane said.

He said police worked with Bay Pharmacy owners to bring an end to the burglary spree.

“I also appreciate all of the support we have received from the victim as well as area businesses who have allowed us to use their facilities to set up both personnel and video surveillance of the location,” Lane said.

Burglary of a building is a state-jail felony punishable by up to two years in state jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000.