MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have released pictures showing a massive amount of stolen pills found at a woman's home in Moncks Corner.
Officials with the Moncks Corner Police Department say they found $40,000 worth of pills at the home of 34-year-old Carrie Collette, who is charged with burglary and driving under the influence.
Moncks Corner Police Lieutenant Michael Roach said it all started when an alarm call came in around 4 a.m. Wednesday at the Delta Pharmacy, located at 402 East Main Street. Police arrived on scene to find glass smashed on the storefront and pill bottles "all over the place," Roach said.
Roach said the suspects made off with pain pills before wrecking their car on Highway 52 outside of the city.
According to South Carolina Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Bridget Wyant, Collette was traveling east on the road near Tom Hill Road around 4:20 a.m. when she lost control of her 4-door Suzuki, which ran off the right side of the road, struck a few curbs, and came to a rest in the middle of the highway.
At that time, Wyant said a highway patrolman happened to be driving by when he came upon the wreck.
Collette and her passenger, 30-year-old Mt. Pleasant resident Eric Humphries, were both taken to Trident Hospital. Collette told officers that she was having problems with her contacts and arguing with Humphries when the wreck happened.
Delta Pharmacy officials say that Humphries had broken into the pharmacy twice. The first time was shortly after midnight and the second at 4 a.m. when the alarm sounded.
Collette was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving under suspension, according to Wyant. She is being held in the Berkeley County Detention Center.
Roach said Collette confessed to him about the burglary. He also said Humphries would soon be taken to the Berkeley County Detention Center as well.
Both suspects were charged with second-degree burglary.
Following their arrests, Roach said investigators searched Collette's home, where they found $40,000 worth of stolen pain pills, enough to "fill a five-gallon trash can."
More charges are pending.