Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson says there's a good bit of property crime in Lexington where people try to steal something and then pawn it off in order to buy drugs. Today's though, was a little more confrontational when a man was hit with a shovel while someone stole his prescription pills.
Police say a man had apparently been waiting outside the pharmacy for someone who might be an easy target.
"So he does look a little thin and frail. It looks like the suspect thought this is somebody that I can get this prescription from him pretty easily and probably playing the odds that more than likely this is going to be a pain prescription," said Lt. Chris Van Brackel of the Lexington Police Department.
Police say the victim had just filled a prescription for pain medication and was walking back to his car when the thief snatched his pills.
"The victim chased him around the corner of the pharmacy. At the same time, there was a lady who was out here doing some landscaping. She had left a shovel near the sidewalk. Our suspect stopped, picked up that shovel and turned around and hit the victim in the chest with the shovel," Van Brackel said.
The victim was treated at the scene. Police are still searching for the man they say robbed him. He's described as a white man about 5'10" with a red beard. They say he has a slender build and was wearing a gray hoodie.
Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson says usually thieves resort to property crimes to fund a drug habit, confrontations are rare.
"The vast majority of those cases, propery theft, those kind of cases we deal with, are by these predatory repeat property offenders who steal to get money to get more dope," he said.
Larson says so far this year, there have been more than $13M worth of property crimes in Lexington.