Regional
7:51 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Former S. Carolina Sheriff Deputy Suspected In NM Robbery

A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant is suspected of robbing a Santa Fe, N.M., pharmacy at gunpoint and trying to rob a second pharmacy of the potent narcotic Oxycodone.

Police in Santa Fe say 43-year-old George William Smith is also married to a Santa Fe prosecutor. They say Assistant District Attorney Dorie Biagianti-Smith called authorities and confronted her husband after recognizing him on a television news broadcast featuring the robberies that happened on Monday and Tuesday.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Smith fled the couple's home after his wife confronted him and remained a fugitive Thursday night.

District Attorney Angela Pacheco says the alleged crimes show anyone can be affected by prescription drug addiction.

Pacheco says Smith is a former sheriff's lieutenant in the Myrtle Beach area.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.