Suspect in string of East Valley pain pill robberies nabbed in CA

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CHANDLER - On August 21, 2008, thirty-year old Matthew Kell was arrested in Anaheim, CA., for a warrant on charges of robbery, burglary and theft reference crimes committed in the East Valley.Chandler and Mesa detectives worked closely with the Anaheim and Los Angels Police in locating, surveilling and arresting Kell.

Kell is suspected of committing robbery, theft and burglary at 7 different pharmacies from June to July of 2008.Kell is a former Walgreen's employee and was recognized by another former Walgreen's employee through an RXPatrol bulletin issued reference the string of thefts, robberies and burglaries.

In addition, an off-duty Chandler Officer recognized the subject in the bulletin as a person he has seen at a fitness center.

The East Valley Gang & Criminal Information Fusion Center (EVGCI Fusion Center) coordinated the multiple investigations out of Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale and Gilbert.Kell was stealing OxyContin pain pills, made by Purdue Pharma.Purdue Pharma has been extremely supportive in assisting law enforcement investigate OxyContin related crimes.

Purdue Pharma supports RXPatrol, ( ) which is an organization dedicated to the tracking and analyzing of pharmacy related crimes.The investigation highlights the great work of the EVGCI Fusion Center and the cooperation between law enforcement and local businesses.