By Jeff Lehr
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A suspect previously charged with possessing pills believed stolen in a June 26 break-in at Stone’s Corner Pharmacy now has been charged with burglary, along with an alleged accomplice.
Shannon D. Albright, 28, of Webb City, had been charged with possession of controlled substances with intent to deliver after a traffic accident June 27 on 20th Street near Schifferdecker Avenue.
Joplin police say Albright discarded a backpack as he ran from the scene. Inside the backpack, they found about 1,900 pills, mostly narcotics believed to have been stolen in the previous night’s burglary. He later was caught with more pills inside Joplin City Jail and picked up a felony assault charge when he allegedly shoved a female jailer into a door in an effort to keep her from finding the drugs.
But Albright was not charged with the break-in until Wednesday when the Jasper County prosecutor filed counts of second-degree burglary against both him and David W. McCool, 22, of Joplin.
Newly filed probable-cause affidavits state that Albright admitted to investigators following his arrest that he used a crowbar to gain entry to the pharmacy and break into two cabinets containing an array of narcotics.
One of he affidavits states that Albright further informed detectives that McCool assisted him in the crime. McCool, who is listed as homeless on court records, allegedly admitted that he helped plan the burglary, acted as a lookout and even set a fire in the area as a distraction while Albright was gaining entry to the pharmacy.
Capt. Derek Walrod of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department declined comment Thursday regarding the setting of a fire mentioned in the affidavit. No charges have been filed with respect to any fire in the area.
Carl Junction firefighters responded to a fire in the early morning hours of June 26 at a business on North Main Street Road that was thought initially to have been caused by an electrical short circuit. The affidavit would suggest that investigators might be taking a second look at the cause of the fire.