A Tennessee man is facing federal charges in connection with the burglary of a Corbin drug store in March 2015.
A federal grand jury in London indicted 44-year-old Robert Nunley of Tracy City, Tennessee on charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and entering or aiding and abetting in the entry of of Save-Rite Pharmacy with the intent to steal any material or compound containing a quantity of a controlled substance.
The case began on March 14 when video surveillance showed two masked individuals pulling up to the pharmacy on Master Street in a black Range Rover SUV.
After circling the parking lot, the vehicle pulled crossway in the parking lot just feet from the door.
One of the burglars, described as a white male, about 6 feet tall and weighing over 300 pounds, is seen jumping out of the driver’s seat, going up to the front door and using a crowbar to pry it open.
The other man, described as a white male, approximately 5’8”, who had been waiting with the back seat door open, is seen jumping out with a blue tote and entering the store while the driver remained outside.
Corbin Police Detective Rusty Hedrick said previously that the driver is seen on the video speaking into a walkie-talkie.
“We think there may have been a third individual involved serving as a lookout somewhere nearby,” Hedrick said previously.
Video from inside the store shows the other man busting open a locked cabinet containing narcotics and cleaning it out into the tote.
At the time, Hedrick said there had been three similar burglaries within two months of the Save-Rite burglary.
Hedrick said he was contacted several months ago by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who had developed a case connecting Nunley to the Corbin burglary.
Nunley is currently incarcerated in the Lincoln County, Tennessee Jail on a state charge.
According to the Grundy County, Tennessee Herald, Nunley was arrested at his home in October after DEA agents along with state and local law enforcement went to the residence to serve a search warrant in connection with a 2012 burglary at a pharmacy in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
“They went in an popped the lock and left with quite a few pills, Shelbyville Police Lt. Brian Crews told The Herald at the time of the robbery.
Crews said law enforcement believes Nunley is part of a group responsible for a number of pharmacy burglaries throughout the Southeast.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A Ingram signed an order Thursday ordering the sheriff of Lincoln County, Tennessee to turn Nunley over to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service to return him to Kentucky.
Nunley is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. on September 22 in U.S. District Court in London.
According to the indictment, Nunley faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the charges if he is convicted.
Kyle Edelen, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said the investigation is ongoing.