Faulty thieves caught with tools

Burglars broke into a Conover pharmacy with a bag full of tools, but left with only their wrists wrapped in steel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

At the scene, officers found a pry bar, hammer, wire cutters, saw blades, bolt cutters, cable cutters, and a hacksaw, Moore said.
“They had quite a bit,” Moore said. “Some of the property they found inside the Chevrolet pick-up truck they were driving.”

The suspects did not take anything from the pharmacy, and Medicap Pharmacist Ron Harwell said they did not step foot in the pharmacy.

“We have motion detectors, cameras, steel lock cabinets that they would need to get into,” Harwell said. “It would not have been a good experience for them.”

The pharmacy could not serve the public until around noon Wednesday because of the damage the burglars did.

“The most annoying part was the phone lines were cut as well as the Internet source,” Harwell said. “We were unfortunate enough to have the damage we have, and I apologize to some of the customers.”

The suspects arrested may be connected to other pharmacy break-ins in the area, and Conover Police are investigating their involvement, Moore said.