From the Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barracks:
Bel Air, MD – An aggressive investigation and an anonymous tip have led to the arrests of one suspect who robbed a Bel Air pharmacy and a second suspect who robbed that pharmacy twice.
On Wednesday, December 15, 2010 and again on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, a masked
suspect entered the CVS Pharmacy that is located in the 1200 block of Churchville Road and stole large quantities of prescription medications after pointing a handgun at the pharmacist. Despite a thorough search after both robberies by deputies from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Maryland State Police the suspect(s) could not be located. There were no injuries in either robbery.
After the most recent robbery, investigators/troopers from the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack created and distributed hundreds of Metro Crime Stoppers fliers featuring images of the suspects. On Monday, April 11, 2011, those fliers resulted in an anonymous tip that identified two possible suspects. Further investigation resulted in confirmation of suspect identities and revealed two possible locations where evidence was concealed. Investigators then prepared separate search warrants for both locations.
On Tuesday, April 12, 2011, investigators from the Maryland State Police and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office executed simultaneous search warrants at the 4200 block of Madonna Road in Jarrettsville and the 800 block of Lancaster Drive in Bel Air. During the execution of the search warrants, an Airsoft pistol (which is similar in appearance to a handgun) was seized. Additionally, most of the prescription medications stolen during the April 6 robbery were recovered.
Assisting units included: the Maryland State Police State Tactical Assault Team Element
(S.T.A.T.E.), the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (S.R.T.), State
Apprehension Team (S.A.T.), Harford County Narcotics Task Force and crime scene technicians from the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.
Brandon Lee Rutledge (25 yoa) was taken into custody at the Jarrettsville residence and David Lawrence Eichelberger III (19 yoa) was taken into custody at the Bel Air address. Both face criminal charges related to the April 6 robbery. Charges by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office are pending against Rutledge for the December 15, 2010 robbery.