• 46°

Suspect captured a few hours after Moose Pharmacy break-in

Charged

Shawn Hager

Save

SALISBURY — A Faith man used a rifle to break into a pharmacy and steal 17 bags containing prescription medicines early Tuesday, according to Salisbury police.

Police had the man in custody just a few hours after he was seen breaking into Moose Pharmacy. The business was closed at the time.

Salisbury police charged Shawn Hager, 35, of the 400 block of North Main Street, Faith, with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, misdemeanor injury to real property and misdemeanor discharging a firearm in the city.

The break-in occurred at 7:48 a.m. at the business, 1408 W. Innes St.. Charles Church, an employee of a nearby business, spotted Hager peering into the front window of the pharmacy. Church told police he didn’t hear gunshots but did see the suspect use the butt of the gun to break the glass.

Police say Hager fired shots into the glass door with a .22 caliber rifle and went inside. Hager also fired at two tempered glass windows, cracking them.

Hager got into a green minivan and left the scene, police say. Church said he called 911 and gave a description of the suspect and the vehicle. Police say they were also given a license plate number.

Arrest warrants say Hager dumped the medications, but police were able to recover them. The medications included anti-nausea, allergy steroid and blood pressure drugs as well as muscle relaxers. The items were valued at $1,006.05.

A Rowan County Sheriff’s deputy escorts Shawn Hager, 35, into the county jail, after he was arrested in Faith. Salisbury Police have charged Hager with breaking into Moose Pharmacy early Tuesday morning and taking 17 bags containing various medications. Shavonne Walker/Salisbury Post

Police Capt. Shelia Lingle said having information from someone in the community was imperative to them capturing the suspect.

“Salisbury Police would like to thank the citizens who witnessed the incident and came forward with the information which lead to the speedy arrest of Hager,” Lingle said.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

Save

Comments

Education

‘Better chance of succeeding’: Moody, colleagues reflect on tenure, retirement

News

Collecting garbage: Locals work to beautify High Rock Lake during Clean Sweep

Coronavirus

Salisbury man grateful parents’ story has impacted many

News

Celtics take big lead and hold on to top Heat 117-106

Business

Downtown Salisbury ‘moving swiftly’ with developers interested in Empire Hotel

Business

From fantasy to fact, Cherry builds a Hobbit House at his Treesort

Business

Biz Roundup: CSP seeking to hire 100 new employees for plant expansion

Coronavirus

Police, sheriff focus on education in addressing mask-wearing complaints

Education

Candidates for East Area school board seat have widely different views on renewal

Kannapolis

Cannon Mills’ whistle sounds again, brings nostalgia with it

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Outbreak at jail annex over; new cases emerge at Kannapolis facility

Elections

In Senate race, Tillis calibrates ties to Trump

News

5 Charlotte officers recommended for dismissal after death in custody

Elections

Trump, Biden hit unlikely battleground state of Minnesota

College

Maui Invitational moving to Asheville during pandemic

News

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 19

Coronavirus

Kannapolis brewery linked to eight COVID-19 positives

Elections

Local Democrats call to ‘turn the state blue’ during virtual office reopening

Education

Funding flat, enrollment down slightly for Rowan-Salisbury Schools

Education

Catawba gets high marks in U.S. News and World rankings for fifth year

Business

China Grove soap store sets sights on expansion into Kannapolis

News

Charlotte, UNC game canceled after 49ers place players in quarantine

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 18