Virginia men charged with burglaries

From Staff Reports


   Two Richlands, Va., men have been charged with the Jan. 12-13 burglaries of Union Prescription Shop, 402 Bemberg Road, during which a quantity of hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance, was taken.
   According to Capt. Mike Peters of Elizabethton Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, investigators received information Thursday from the Richlands (Va.) Police Department that they had searched a Richlands residence and found three empty hydrocodone containers. The lot numbers were checked through the drug companies and it was determined that the containers were from burglaries at Union Prescription.
   According to Capt. Peters, the drug containers were found at the residence of Bradley Sparkman, 23. Upon interviewing Sparkman, he related details of the burglaries to Elizabethton Police. Following an interview with Sparkman, Elizabethton Police developed another suspect, Ryan Huston Vandyke, 19, who is currently being held in Tazewell County Jail on a Virginia burglary charge.
   After interviewing additional witnesses it was determined that Vandyke was involved with both burglaries while Sparkman was involved in the one Jan. 13.
   Vandyke has been charged with two counts of burglary and Sparkman with one count. Certified copies of the charges will be sent to Virginia authorities to be served on both men. An extradition hearing will follow.
   Investigation into the Union Prescription Shop burglaries and other pharmacy burglaries in the Tri-Cities area is continuing.