Man charged in Butler’s robbery under $825,000 bond

Last updated: July 24. 2014 9:18AM - 5432 Views
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Dennis Best, charged Wednesday night with the robbery of Butler’s Pharmacy in downtown Clinton, is facing a laundry list of felonies related to both the early morning incident and the discovery of marijuana plants at his home, police officials said this morning.

According to Clinton Police Chief Jay Tilley, Best, 57, of 532 Nathan Dudley Road, was jailed under an $825,000 bond for offenses that include robbery with a dangerous weapon, the use of an explosive device during the commission of a felony, manufacture of marijuana, four counts of kidnapping, trafficking in prescription opiates and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.

Best was taken into custody some eight hours after a man walked into the rear of Butler’s Wednesday morning wearing sunglasses and a surgical mask, went up to the pharmacy counter and demanded a specific prescription narcotic, telling those in the store he had a bomb.

Tilley said this morning officers recovered that device — a gift box containing assorted wires and batteries, with a cellular telephone taped to the top — confirming what they believed from the start, that the device wasn’t real.

“It was a fake device,” Tilley acknowledged. “It was designed to look like a bomb, but it wasn’t one.”

Investigators were led to Best based on information provided to them by the staff at Butler’s, the police chief noted.

“We got the leads from store employees and we went to Mr. Best’s home.”

It was at the home that officers discovered, and seized, the marijuana plants.

Best was taken back to the Police Department where, just after 5 p.m., he was charged with the offenses.

Tilley touted the efforts of his officers, particularly investigators with the Neighborhood Improvement Team, for their diligent efforts to run down leads and make the arrest.

“I have to give them a lot of credit for this; they did a great job,” Tilley said.

Wednesday’s robbery was the first major crime to have occurred in the downtown area since surveillance cameras were put in place in 2012.

Tilley said the crime was out of the ordinary.

“The downtown has the lowest crime rate in Clinton. This was definitely something that doesn’t happen often.

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