Armed Pharmacist Stops Burglars in the Act

Pharmacist Steve Kirkland. (Photo: ABC4)

Early last week, pharmacist Steve Kirkland was working late into the night when he heard loud noises coming from the front of his drug store in St. George, Utah.  

“I took my headphones out and could hear something moving around. I thought, ‘Is there somebody in here?’” Kirkland told local news affiliate ABC4. “Then I heard another crack and realized someone was trying to get in the door.”

Kirkland did what any reasonable law-abiding gun owner would do, retrieve his pistol and call 911.  He then went to investigate the situation.  

What he found was three men bearing crowbars breaking through the front door.  They got as far as the safe before he confronted them.  

“I was pointing this gun at this dude’s head, and I’m on this 911 call. I’m thinking, ‘How do you guys not see me? Every light in this place is on,’” Kirkland said.

Yelling loudly scared the three men off, explained Kirkland.  Thankfully, for the perps’ sake, there was no need to discharge his sidearm.

By cautiously following them out the door as they fled the scene, Kirkland was able to give police a description of the men along with the vehicle’s make and model.  A fourth individual was behind the wheel, according to police.

The four suspects are all California residents, according to police. (Photo: ABC4)

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St. George police officer Tiffany Atkin contacted other departments in the area to alert them of the incident.  

“We also sent officers to other pharmacies in the area because if they’re going to hit one, chances are they’re gonna hit multiple,” Atkin said. “It has happened before with people coming from out of state, so we’re prepared and we’re serious about protecting our businesses and our citizens.”

The four suspects were apprehended by authorities around 6:30 a.m. and booked at the Purgatory Correctional Facility.

All were California residents, three from Anaheim and one from Compton, and each is now being charged with a third-degree felony for burglary and criminal mischief and a misdemeanor for possession of burglary tools.  

One of the men is also facing a misdemeanor drug charge and another had a warrant for his arrest in another state.  

“We have a business owner who obviously carries and is responsible with that and now safe,” Atkin said. “Our suspects are in custody safely and our officers all went home safe, so overall it was a good day.”

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  • Rick L Son March 26, 2021, 6:15 pm

    Damn that should do real well for BLM Black lives Misbehave!

  • Macdog June 29, 2020, 6:02 pm

    I hate thieves as much as anyone, but The bigoted tone from others that have commented are a reflection of our society. I ask each of them to close their eyes , imagine the same exact scenario… open them; and now you see four WHITE men committing the exact same crime. Does it change anything…..? NO it doesn’t, their all thieves. It’s one thing to be ignorant and everyone knows it….,it’s another to write or comment and confirm it ! Take some time away from your privileges and read WHITE FRUGALITY BY ROBIN DEANGELO

    • John Boutwell June 29, 2020, 7:32 pm

      Pal, do you have any idea of how many of these BLM cases of police brutality are criminals in the act of committing a crime and that is how they came into contact with law enforcement?
      I think you know where you can put your myth of white privilege.

  • JOEUSOONER June 29, 2020, 12:08 pm

    Defund the Democrat Party!!!!!!

  • Lewis Spyrou June 29, 2020, 10:59 am

    Straight out of Compton.

  • Buckminster Howell June 29, 2020, 5:26 am

    These poor kids were just out for a jog, why pick on them, they should yell racism …

  • Chinch Bugg June 26, 2020, 11:11 pm

    I guess this means these four cancer research doctors will be delayed in finding the breakthrough cure they were working so diligently on.

  • Robert Messmer June 26, 2020, 4:44 pm

    Additional charges that should be added: hate crime, conspiracy to commit robbery, crossing state lines to engage in interstate theft. and stupidity in the first degree.

  • Michael Katsonis June 26, 2020, 2:38 pm

    Looks like St. George the dragon slayer inspired a gun toting pharmacist. Thank God, and a big thank you to a fellow pharmacist in Utah for having the courage to refuse to be a victim. As health care professionals, we are regularly victimized by thoughtless thugs and bullies.

  • J. Gardiner June 26, 2020, 12:28 pm

    This group of enterprenuers doesn’t seem very diverse. Are they racist?

  • skipNclair June 26, 2020, 10:50 am

    Oh were sorry we thought this was a Pop Eyes chicken and were hungry.

  • Rangemaster11B June 26, 2020, 8:16 am

    These guys were just late to the party. Looting pharmacies was scheduled about three weeks ago.

  • Mustapha Ooma Gooma June 26, 2020, 5:21 am

    These men were merely Christian travelers who inadvertently became disoriented in their fervor for The Lord. They had just returned from mentoring tribal peoples in the south Pacific Islands, (hence their deep sun tans), and became enraptured in the closeness of being in the land and state that their profit – Smith- created.

  • JOEL K GOODMAN June 24, 2020, 8:33 pm

    why didn’t the store owner save the state a fortune and just shoot these three dogs deaD?”

    • Kurt Stoffer April 23, 2021, 10:53 am


  • AL June 24, 2020, 12:15 pm

    Anything seem familiar about the majority of the criminals that are seen or arrested? And this is even is a smaller city many miles from CA. Why did’t they stop and to their business in Las Vegas?

    • Bad Penguin June 26, 2020, 8:16 am

      These guys couldnt have been hard to find. ST George isnt huge and there arent a lot of black people there.

    • jackkade June 26, 2020, 9:25 am

      I’m guessing that they had a plan. Rob the Pharmacy in Utah, then rob stores on the way back to commiefornia.

    • paul bruno June 29, 2020, 5:24 am

      They didn’t stop in Vegas because, all buisiness owners carry guns here !

  • Robert Banks June 24, 2020, 8:44 am

    Let’s defund the police.

    • JonsOn June 24, 2020, 10:38 am

      Better yet let’s defund the democrats and the left in this country. If their ideas become law the idea of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be a thing of the past.

    • Willie-O June 26, 2020, 7:30 am

      Absolutely. For once I find myself in complete agreement with the libtards. I dare say that most people on this site are quite capable of taking care of themselves. Let the ‘tards do the same. No police. Period. Sure, 911 still works for fire and ems, just no police.

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