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March 15, 2012

Suspect charged in burglary at Lewisburg area CVS store

LEWISBURG — A Lewisburg man is in Union County Jail after allegedly admitting to an early Tuesday morning break-in at the CVS Pharmacy on North Derr Drive in Lewisburg.

Carson J. Sampsell, 24, was being held as of Wednesday on a probation violation detainer after appearing before District Judge Leo Armbruster.

Sampsell is charged with burglary and criminal trespass-breaking into a structure, both felonies. He’s also charge with theft by unlawful taking and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

A preliminary hearing has been set before Armbruster at 3 p.m. April 5.

The incident began Tuesday at about 12:38 a.m. Buffalo Valley Regional Police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at the CVS Pharmacy on North Derr Drive in Lewisburg, according to the criminal complaint filed Wednesday with Armbruster’s office.

The CVS alarm center informed the police that a white male wearing a long, dark-colored coat and white ski mask smashed in a side-door window and entered the store. The perpetrator had left the building before police arrived, the alarm center reported.

Sampsell was arrested by Milton police Cpl. Daniel Embeck Tuesday at about 9:10 a.m. after Sampsell came to the borough police station regarding a separate police matter. He was observed wearing the same clothes as the perpetrator described in the CVS break-in in Lewisburg.

Sampsell allegedly admitted to the CVS burglary, according to complaint. He told Milton police he was trying to buy heroin but couldn’t; he decided to enter the CVS to try to obtain narcotics.

Sampsell told police no alarm sounded the first time he entered the CVS, which according to security surveillance video was about 12:03 a.m. Sampsell said he left and waited to see if anyone would respond.

About a half-hour later, Sampsell went back into the store with the duffel bag to try to get narcotics; this time the alarm went off, according to the criminal complaint.

Sampsell showed police where he left the mask and crow bar he used at Shikelimo Lane and Ikeler Street in Lewisburg, about six blocks from the CVS, according to the complaint.

Police found a dark-colored trench coat and duffel bag inside Sampsell’s vehicle.

Union County Sherriff’s K-9 unit and Mifflinburg and Milton police departments assisted Buffalo Valley police on the scene.

Sampsell previously faced four counts of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in April 2009 after authorities discovered a large marijuana-growing operation in the Mifflinburg home Sampsell shared with his father.

One year later, Sampsell and his father were charged again with a marijuana-growing operation in their West Buffalo Township house. In April 2010, agents found 65 small marijuana plants, 20 mature plants plus numerous drug items. Both were charged with drug possession, manufacturing and related counts.

Also in May 2008, Sampsell was pistol-whipped in the home when two Williamsport men and a Philadelphia man broke into the house looking for drugs.

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