Suspects arrested in Leslie's break-in
Tisbury police arrested Joseph Jones, age 20, of Tisbury and Allannah N. Ledford, age, 17, of Tisbury, after finding in their possession stolen prescription drugs and goods missing after a robbery at Leslie's Drug Store in Vineyard Haven.
The police investigation began when Tisbury police officers Dustin Shaw and Joe Ballotte responded to an alarm from Leslie's Pharmacy at 1 am on July 3. Although the police responded quickly, whoever gained entry into the building was gone. Several filled prescriptions were missing from behind the cash register area, according to the police report.
Yesterday, Tisbury Police Detective Mark Santon told The Times that he learned that Mr. Jones and Ms. Ledford had approached an informant in Tisbury on July 4. They offered the person a handwritten menu of prescription drugs, with prices.
Detective Santon told Detective Nicholas Curelli of the Oak Bluffs Police Department that he was interested in talking to Mr. Jones and Ms. Ledford about the pharmacy break-in. Detective Curelli reported to the Tisbury detective that he found a Ford pickup registered to Mr. Jones backed into the woods off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, near the NSTAR facility in Oak Bluffs, and that it appeared someone was living in the truck.
Detective Santon met Detective Curelli and Officer Craig Wiggins at the truck, where he observed several Leslie's Drug Store prescription bottle labels and several used needles and syringes lying on the ground near the driver's side of the vehicle. The police officers also found a mountain bike and an American Express (AMEX) credit card. Both had been reported stolen.
The stolen AMEX card belonged to a woman who gave a ride to Mr. Jones and Ms. Ledford, as they hitchhiked on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road near the NSTAR building. She told Detective Santon she discovered the card was missing, along with her wallet, when she got home.
Detective Santon discovered that two purchases were made at Cumberland Farms with an American Express credit card that had been reported stolen. Manager Liza Buckley found the charges in her records and cued the store's video system. The video showed Mr. Jones and Ms. Ledford making purchases that matched the AMEX records.
After obtaining a search warrant for Mr. Jones's truck, Detective Santon found prescription drugs, including Oxycodone tablets, Vicodin, and Fentanyl patches.
Detective Santon said the two suspects were arrested and arraigned on Tuesday. Police applied for charges against both suspects, including receiving stolen property worth more than $250 (prescription pills, mountain bike, and wallet and contents), possession of a Class E controlled substance with intent to distribute, misuse of a credit card, and larceny under $250.
A review of previously published Court Reports disclosed that Mr. Jones is serving a one-year pretrial probation and 10 hours of counseling on a charge of assault and battery.