Former SC sheriff's deputy suspect in Santa Fe robbery

Posted at: 12/21/2012 7:48 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former South Carolina sheriff's lieutenant is suspected of robbing a Santa Fe 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 reportsSmith 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.

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