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Police use oxycontin GPS tracker to find pharmacy-robbing suspects

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Police are trying to determine if men suspected of robbing a Detroit pharmacy are connected to other pharmacy robbings around Oakland County. The men were arrested after police used a GPS tracker on stolen oxycontin to find the men.

It started Thursday morning when two pharmacy burglaries were reported in Independence Township and Orion Township. These alerts prompted Auburn Hills Police to do a quick patrol around their area pharmacies.

When officers pulled into the parking lot of the Ultimate Medical Pharmacy on North Opdyke Road, they found suspects trying to break open a back door. The suspects separated as soon they saw police and drove off in a white Trailblazer and a Chrysler 300.

Police drove after the Chrysler which lead to a high-speed chase on I-75. Troy and Madison Heights Police laid down spike-stop strips to try and stop the suspects but they got away and police called off the chase.

Shortly after that, at around 8 a.m., an armed robbery took place at a Rite Aid in Detroit near Livernois Avenue. The thieves got away with money and oxycontin. The oxycontin, however, had a GPS tracking device which lead police to the suspects.

"The larger pharmaceutical companies are going to this type of security system so it makes it a little more difficult for the average robber to just get away with whatever now," explains Sgt. Mike Woody of the Detroit Police.

Police arrested four men at a home on Fenelon Street near Seven Mile Road. At that home, police also conducted a search inside a white Trailblazer.

Investigators are looking into whether these burglaries are connected.

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