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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Two sentenced for Boones Mill pharmacy theft
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

Two men from Southwest Virginia were sentenced last week to 17 years in prison for stealing prescription medications from a Boones Mill pharmacy in November 2012.

Marty Dale Smith, 31, of Raven and Jeremy Scott Looney, 29, of Richlands both pleaded guilty in July to one count of grand larceny, one count of breaking and entering, and one misdemeanor count of property destruction.

Smith will serve four years and nine months of a 17-year prison sentence, contingent upon four years probation and 20 years of good behavior. He must also pay his portion (one-third) of $3,730 in restitution.

Looney will serve four years and three months of a 17-year sentence. He was also sentenced to four years probation and 20 years of good behavior, and Looney must also pay one-third of the restitution.

Both men were also ordered to participate in drug treatment during their incarceration.

A third defendant in the case, Shea Nicole Hess, 19, of Richlands, also pleaded guilty in July to one count of grand larceny. Two additional charges against her were dismissed as part of her plea agreement, according to prosecutor Robert Deatherage.

Hess' sentencing hearing is set for Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.

On Nov. 6, 2012, a concerned resident noticed a suspicious vehicle at The Medicine Shoppe at 80 Main Street in Boones Mill just after 3 a.m., Deatherage said. The resident provided a vehicle description and a partial license plate number when he reported the incident to police.

An alarm at the pharmacy also alerted the police to the break-in, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Smith and Looney smashed the front-door glass with a large rock to gain entry to the pharmacy, and they took numerous containers of prescription medications, Deatherage said.

A blue, four-door sedan, fitting the vehicle description, was located off Crowell's Gap Road by Roanoke County police officers about 15 minutes later, Deatherage said. The suspects had pulled off the road and were attempting to discard the medication bottles.

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