Fairfield Bay Pharmacy Burglary solved.
From the desk of Sheriff Scott Bradley and Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland
On Friday night January 6th 2012 officers arrested Cameron Lee Tangen, 28 of 238 Pine Knot, Fairfield Bay, Arkansas pending filing of formal charges for: 3 counts of Commercial Burglary and 3 counts of Theft of Property all felonies resulting from an investigation of the Fairfield Bay Pharmacy burglaries.
The Fairfield Bay Police Department began the investigation after the first burglary at the Fairfield Bay Pharmacy occurred on the night of 12/31/2011, located at 367 Dave Creek Parkway, where the suspect was caught on video breaking into the pharmacy and stealing approximately $2,290.00 in pharmaceutical drugs. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, Arkansas State Police, and 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force joined in the investigation to assist the Fairfield Bay Police Department.
On the night of Thursday January 5th 2012 the burglar hit the Fairfield Bay Pharmacy again, this time wearing a dark colored ski mask, and making off with approximately $4934.59 in pharmaceutical drugs.
On the night of Friday January 6th 2012 the Fairfield Bay Police Department got a tip in the case naming the suspect and the location of his residence. Officers from the Fairfield Bay Police Department, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, Arkansas State Police, and 20th Judicial District Drug Crime Task Force met in Fairfield Bay and checked the suspect’s residence and began searching the Fairfield Bay area for him. The suspect was spotted driving a car with his dog inside and stopped by officers. Further investigation revealed that Cameron Tangen had been aware that the police were looking for him and he had left his residence and hidden in the woods before breaking into the Fairfield Bay Car Care Center and stealing a silver 2008 Kia Rio (that he was driving at the time of his arrest) valued at $7,500.00 that was at the location to be repaired. Most of the drugs stolen in the two pharmacy burglaries were recovered by police along with other evidence in the case such as the clothing the suspect had worn during the burglaries, tools used, etc. The stolen vehicle was recovered and returned to the owner.