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Local man arrested in Florida pharmacy burglary
Pursuit ends in crash, charges
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A Smithville man was arrested by Florida authorities after he allegedly burglarized an Indian River County pharmacy and fled, crashing after a pursuit.


Jason Cripps, 37, faces felony charges including burglary and possession of burglary tools, along with misdemeanor charges for criminal mischief and resisting arrest without violence. Authorities said Cripps and possibly another person burglarized the CVS Pharmacy at 53rd Street and US 1 in the early morning hours of Nov. 28.


Deputies responded to an alarm sounding at CVS and found the front door glass shattered and were pry marks between the two front doors, according to the arrest report.


CVS notified dispatch that a white van with a ladder rack and two subjects were observed at the scene.


A van matching that description was reportedly seen headed north on US 1 and eventually crashed into the woods as authorities followed it.


Officers observed the suspect, now identified as Cripps, attempt to flee the scene before complying with thier commands. A search of Cripps yielded a window punch, according to the arrest report.


No mention of the second subject was made in the arrest report.


At last report Cripps was being held in lieu of $61,000 bond.