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Two charged in pharmacy burglary Saturday

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By Becky Barnes

Just 22 seconds after an alarm went off at Eastside Pharmacy early Saturday  morning, Cynthiana police were on the scene and had two suspects in custody minutes later.

Cpl. Walter Tapp said he and Ptl. Shannon Miller arrived within seconds of one another, following the 12:39 a.m. dispatch.

Tapp said when he entered the pharmacy, he could see a man wearing a red ball cap.

He and Miller told the suspect to put his hands up and to come away from the counter.

Tapp said the suspect, who was later identified as Tony Florence, threatened to shoot the officers if they went behind the pharmacist’s counter where he was.

“He said ‘just let me get what I want’,” Tapp recalled.

As the suspect continued to challenge officers, Tapp said he was tased.

A female suspect, Lisa Underwood, was with Florence and she was also arrested.

Florence, 46, was charged with first degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief.

Underwood, 40, was charged with third degree burglary and third degree criminal mischief.

An arrest warrant is pending for a third suspect who allegedly dropped off the pair at Eastside Pharmacy and drove away.

Tapp said the surveillance video shows Florence breaking the front door and Underwood patting him on the back as they enter the business.

Miller and Tapp were assisted moments after they went inside by Sheriff’s deputies Chris Shields, Terry Barnes and Steve McCauley.

“It worked out quite well,” Tapp said of the arrest. “We were lucky that we were all real close.”