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Three people arrested in connection with Union County pharmacy robberies

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com
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    - Courtesy of Union County Sheriff’s Office
    Paulette Deanna Funderburk
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    - Courtesy of Union County Sheriff’s Office
    Adam Christopher Maylott
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    - Courtesy of Union County Sheriff’s Office
    Christopher Lee Helms

Three people have been arrested after Union and Mecklenburg County law enforcement teamed together to solve a series of pharmacy robberies.

Union County Sheriff’s detectives first learned that Christopher Lee Helms, 35, and Paulette Deanna Funderburk, 29, both of Monroe, were trying to sell hundreds of oxycodone pills in the Monroe area, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

These are suspected to be the same pills stolen in three recent robberies at the Sun Valley CVS in Indian Trail, the BI-LO Pharmacy at 1642 Dickerson Blvd. in Monroe, and the CVS Pharmacy at 2501 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Monroe, authorities said.

On Jan. 25, detectives with the Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Police conducted two undercover buys of oxycodone pills from the suspects. The purchases yielded more than 100 dosage units of oxycodone, the statement from the Union County Sheriff’s Office said.

The two suspects were arrested in the parking lot of Midway Barbecue in Monroe without incident. Their vehicle, a 2003 Dodge Ram truck, was seized. Medicine bottles matching those stolen from the CVS Robbery on Jan. 24 were recovered from their possession, as well as more than $3,000 in cash, authorities said.

Both were charged with trafficking in opiates and conspiracy to traffic in opiates, as well as the sale and delivery of opiates, among other drug-related charges.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe detectives then executed a search warrant on their room at the Economy Inn, and seized marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and another medicine bottle matching those stolen in the robbery, authorities said.

The two suspects were interviewed and authorities identified the actual robbery suspect, according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office statement.

Union County Sheriff’s Officers and Monroe detectives then traveled to 7121 Amarillo Drive in Charlotte, where they connected with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers and contacted the robbery suspect, Adam Christopher Maylott, authorities said.

Maylott, 35, was taken into custody without incident and was cooperative with authorities.

A search of Maylott’s residence yielded several bottles containing hundreds of oxycodone pills, which were identified as more of the property stolen in the most recent CVS robbery. Clothing and other items were also seized, law enforcement said.

Union County Sheriff’s detectives charged Maylott with common law robbery and trafficking in opiates for the January 10 robbery of the Sun Valley CVS. Monroe Police Detectives made identical charges for the January 20 of the Bi-Lo Pharmacy and the Jan. 24 robbery of the CVS Pharmacy, the Union County Sheriff’s Office said.

All three suspects remain in the Union County Jail, with an initial court date of March 11. Adam Christopher Maylott is under a $500,000 secured bond, Christopher Lee Helms is under a $250,000 secured bond, and Paulette Deanna Funderburk is under a a $251,000 secured bond, authorities said.

“This is another example of how the sharing of information can solve crime,” said Sheriff Eddie Cathey in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Monroe (Police Department) to bring the perpetrators of these robberies to justice. When law enforcement works together, there is no limit to what can be accomplished.”

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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