By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Alleged pharmacy burglar arraigned

Luis Perez-Vargas
Luis Perez-Vargas

He also tried to hide his bloody hands behind his back.

Police took him into custody after finding two prescription bottles of dextroamphetamine sulfate, an amphetamine used to treat narcolepsy and ADHD, in his pants, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Perez was arraigned Monday in Yamhill County Circuit Court on one count each of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; second-degree criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance/Schedule II, a Class C felony.

He was also in violation of his probation and is lodged in jail on $35,000 bail.

An officer flagged down at Northeast Cowls and Third streets was told a man had just fled on foot after smashing out a front window at the pharmacy. He was told the man ran south on Cowls with a citizen following on a bicycle.

The bicyclist told police he heard glass break at the prescription shop, then spotted Perez emerging through a broken window and initiated pursuit.

Though Perez refused to give officers his name, they were able to identify him through a booking photo from a previous case.

Two cast iron objects had been thrown through the window, triggering an alarm. A prescription shop employee identified the drugs found on Perez.

Perez is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Monday for possible arraignment on a grand jury indictment.

He has been arrested numerous times dating back to 2013. The charges include aggravated harassment, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, menacing, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and theft. 

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