The arrests of two teenagers Tuesday in Pea Ridge, Ark., have been connected to prescription drug forgeries in Joplin and other area towns, according to an article in the Wednesday Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Rogers police officials told the newspaper Jose Vargas and Brian Conner, both 18 of Rogers, were charged with one count of commercial burglary and theft of property. The two have been connected to a string of burglaries at pharmacies in Pea Ridge, Rogers, Bella Vista, Bentonville, Lowell, and Fayetteville, according to the article. During each burglary, Xanax and cough syrup with codeine or hydrodocone were stolen.
Investigators have traced forged prescriptions linked to the burglary ring from Joplin to Fort Smith, the article said.