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Burglars broke into a Conover pharmacy with a bag full of tools, but left with only their wrists wrapped in steel.
â€¨Police arrested two men early Wednesday morning after they broke a window to the Medicap Pharmacy in Conover and were found with a bag full of burglary tools.
â€¨Conover police officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call on 3rd Ave. NE a little after midnight Wednesday and found two white males walking down the street. An officer spotted one of the suspects hiding something in the woods, and after investigating found a burglary tool, said Conover Police Lt. Shane Moore.
â€¨After speaking with the men, the officers started checking businesses in the area and found windows busted out of the Medicap Pharmacy at 317 1st St. East.
â€¨Officers charged Joseph Michael Pisciotta, 51, and Christopher Craig Helms, 23, both of Newton, with felony breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools. They are being held under a $15,000 secured bond at Catawba County Detention Center.
â€¨At the scene, officers found a pry bar, hammer, wire cutters, saw blades, bolt cutters, cable cutters, and a hacksaw, Moore said.â€¨â€śThey had quite a bit,â€ť Moore said. â€śSome of the property they found inside the Chevrolet pick-up truck they were driving.â€ť
â€¨The suspects did not take anything from the pharmacy, and Medicap Pharmacist Ron Harwell said they did not step foot in the pharmacy.
â€¨â€śWe have motion detectors, cameras, steel lock cabinets that they would need to get into,â€ť Harwell said. â€śIt would not have been a good experience for them.â€ť
â€¨The pharmacy could not serve the public until around noon Wednesday because of the damage the burglars did.
â€¨â€śThe most annoying part was the phone lines were cut as well as the Internet source,â€ť Harwell said. â€śWe were unfortunate enough to have the damage we have, and I apologize to some of the customers.â€ť
â€¨The suspects arrested may be connected to other pharmacy break-ins in the area, and Conover Police are investigating their involvement, Moore said.Â