The robbery occurred about 12:30 a.m. on July 21. Chatsworth Police Chief Terry Martin said officer Brian Ingle was dispatched to the pharmacy due to a burglar alarm.
When Ingle arrived on the scene, he saw the men wearing hoodies, gloves and carrying large bags from the store.
Ingle called for back up when the pair sped out of the parking lot which started a chase with speeds over 100 mph and into Whitfield County. The Georgia State Patrol applied stop sticks which caused a flat tire near the weigh station off Interstate 75. The two men ran into the woods and were captured a short time later.
William Karon Jackson and Derrico Deagelo Morgan, both of Memphis, Tn., were sentenced to serve five years in the Georgia State Penitentiary for burglary in the 2nd degree, two years to serve consecutive to the burglary charge for fleeing to elude and 15 years on probation to run concurrently with the other counts for possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone.
All of the stolen pharmaceuticals were recovered from the vehicle. Both men have been ordered to pay restitution of $1260.98 each to Carlton’s Pharmacy.
“Officer Ingle should be commended,” said Chief Assistant District Attorney Scott Minter. “By his quick action in apprehending these burglars, two thieves have been taken off of the streets and thousands of dollars worth of potentially dangerous drugs have been prevented from being sold on the black market.”