Report: Bertie County Man Breaks Into Pharmacy, Flips Into Ditch

A Bertie County man who successfully broke into a pharmacy and stole $20,000 worth of prescription drugs had some trouble with his getaway, according to the Roanoke Chowan News Herald.

The paper says, 39-year-old Ernest Lee of Aulander broke into Futrell's Pharmacy in Northampton County early Thursday morning. He managed to take $20,000 worth of prescription drugs but had some difficulty after leaving the scene.

Just after fleeing the parking lot in his pickup truck, another driver cut him off and the truck flipped onto its side in a ditch.

We have checked with the jail, and Lee has posted his bond to be released.


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  • by lmsmith Location: ahoskie on Jan 30, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    I've known many people who were very bad alcholics, drug addicts, and other addictions. None of them resorted to robbery. Some people have no conscience, no desire to work, and think they are owed something because of a disabilty. No. Many disabled folks are contributing members of society. Addict? Yes. But, continual criminal behavoir? No excuse.
  • by other guy Location: ahoskie on Jan 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
    mike, i know lee very well. he has tried to get help. he didnt use to be like this! its all the doctors that put him on the wrong meds! he wants help and has been turned away from a few centers saying he dosnt need help because he suffers from chronic pain. why do you think hes been in the hospital so much? he goes to get help and is turned away due to being disabled and only having medicare. call him a pill popper all you like but it actually was forced on him by drs.Back when he 1st got hurt he didnt know what a tragedy the pain meds was going to turn into. maybe i shouldnt say it, but he even went to north side, so mike, wheres the help? unless youve been in his positition you dont understand how hard it is, especialy when you are in a rut, you suffer from pain so bad you want to die everyday, so you have to have meds, but you feel embarrassed about taking them because of people saying "pill popper", let me see anybody try and even deal with a 1/3 of the pain he has been dealing with for over 17 years! point is, when your pain is bad enough to commit suicide, your willing to do whatever to make it stop!
  • by cant stand a crook on Jan 29, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    Stop robbing and committing crime...I call it on scene justice!!
  • by MIKE Location: ahoskie on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM
    he did break the law and he could have found a dr to help him dan. but i to think they should do a story so he can explain his reasons. because some things just dont look in order. but i still think a pill popper can just go gettn what they want when there is help out there.
  • by dan Location: rioch square on Jan 28, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    wow! I think the dea needs to look into the presriptions alot closer because from what i see where i work, there are alot of good people getting addicted to pain medicine from some doctors writing some very strong prescription pain killers for alot of minor injuries and end up creating "LEGAL" junkies that end up doing anything to get more medicine. I know that its much more difficult and dangerous to detox one of our patients off of narcotic pain meds than to detox them off cocaine or herion. Also, if the man used his winch to pull down the door why didnt he use the winch to pull his truck out of the ditch as well? It sounds like theres more to the story and according to the picture, it also seems that there are alot of meds missing,, because thats nowhere near $20,000 worth in the picture, maybe $2000 but i know what our meds cost. It almost seems like he was used as a scapegoat and left behind but thats just my opinion from my experience from dealing with pain med dependence and common sense.But i think if they keep the investigation going with an open mind there will be some new developments. Alot of people read one story and thats that, but if you notice certain details something is missing. If he did it on his own, he deserves what he gets, but if theres more to it, we and he deserves for it to come out. From what ive heard the man used to be a descent person, then suddenly something went wrong and he changed. I think the paper should try and contact him and see what he has to say. Hers the link to the rr newspaper stoy.. http://www.rrdailyherald.com/news/pharmacy-in-rich-square-has-door-ripped-off/article_796c6a4e-4845-11e1-8694-0019bb2963f4.html
  • by Alan Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    He now has a shot of being featured on "John Boy & Billy" when they present a new addition of "Dumb Crook News".
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:23 AM
    Vikaden and Percoset bring about 4 to 7 a pill in some places. Fate has a way of catching up.
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      by pharmacist on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:28 AM in reply to Shine
      ha funny how you know what the street value of these drugs are... but you can't even spell them correctly. *vicodin and *percocet... how embarrassing for you.
  • by anon on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:14 AM
    We need some ditches like that around here. Might help with the robberies. Up to this point nothing else has been effective.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:58 AM
    He was after pain killers. They cry if they dont get them then they rob to sustain the habit they beg themselves into.
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      by Sam on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM in reply to
      The world would be better off if he just takes 30 pain killers at a time, meaning one less scum off the streets.
  • by nightrain on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:43 AM
    Ain't karma something.
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