Burglary suspect wanted outside of state
by Wes Mayer
A man wanted for burglary and attempted burglary in Senoia is now wanted in Durham, N.C. on charges of trafficking narcotics, possession of stolen firearms and maintaining a home for manufacturing, selling or distributing controlled substances.
On Thursday, authorities with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office searched the home at 2713 Hinson Dr. looking for Denzel Kewon Poole, 22, according to a news story from WRAL.com. Poole is suspected of burglarizing the Senoia Drug Company pharmacy last July and attempting to burglarize it again in December. In the July burglary, more than 3,400 Hydrocodone pills were stolen.
Durham County authorities did not locate Poole at the residence, but they did find more than 13,000 Hydrocodone pills, more than 400 morphine pills, hundreds of clonazepam and codeine pills and thousands of other various non-narcotic prescription pills. The total value of the narcotics is estimated to be around $200,000.
Three stolen firearms — an AR-15 rifle, a .380 caliber pistol and a .38 caliber revolver — were also found at the residence along with $10,000 in cash and $4,000 of counterfeit currency, according to WRAL.com. All items were seized by authorities.
On March 3, Rico Shondale Ussery, 35, was arrested in Senoia on charges of burglary and attempted burglary. According to Lt. Jason Ercole with the Senoia Police Department, after an investigation, authorities believe Ussery was a partner with Poole, and while Poole gained entry to the Senoia Drug Company on July 26, Ussery acted as the lookout and getaway driver.
Authorities have surveillance footage of the July burglary and of the suspect — who was wearing a mask and all black clothing but fits Poole’s description, Ercole said. The suspect actually cut a hole through the exterior wall to gain entry during the burglary.
On Dec. 23, Ussery was pulled over on Highway 16 by Senoia Police Officer Lee Huddleston for a non-working tail light, and he was subsequently arrested for driving on a suspended license and for having an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction, Ercole said. During Ussery’s arrest, a two-way radio, a police radio traffic scanner and an identity card belonging to a Denzel Kewon Poole, out of North Carolina, was found in his possession.
On that same night, a second attempt was made to burglarize the Senoia Drug Company. Authorities also have footage of this burglary, and right around the time Ussery was pulled over, the burglary suspect, believed to be Poole, fled the scene before gaining entry into the pharmacy. Authorities believe Ussery contacted Poole using the two-way radio and alerted Poole he was being pulled over.
Ercole said it was possible some of the hydrocodone pills seized by Durham County authorities came from the Senoia Drug Company, but there is no way to tell without seeing the pill bottles.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Poole have been asked to contact Lt. Jason Ercole at the Senoia Police Department at 770-599-3256 ext. 107.