Edgewood man caught in CVS Pharmacy

An 19-year-old Edgewood man is charged with theft after allegedly breaking into a pharmacy and falling asleep in the men's bathroom.

Denico Keanu Slade, of the 1300 block of Gold Meadow Way, was charged on Dec. 1 with five counts of theft less than $100 and one count of fourth-degree burglary in connection with an incident at the CVS Pharmacy on Woodbridge Center Way the same day.

Deputies initially responded to the 1000 block of Woodbridge Center Way around 2:14 a.m. because the business alarm went off, but nothing was found amiss, according to charging documents. Later that morning, around 8, before the business doors were unlocked, one of the CVS employees found a man, later identified as Slade, sleeping in the men's bathroom.

One of the deputies checked the bathroom trash can and found a $99.99 touch screen tablet, 24 Game Stop gift cards, 13 Trac Phone minutes cards, six 60-count star creatine bottles and two Twix candy bars, according to the charging documents.

The gift cards had not been activated.

The security footage, which has a 12-minute delay, revealed that around 1 a.m., Slade came out of the men's bathroom and approached the check-out counter, according to charging documents. Slade then went back to the bathrooms and around 1:41 a.m., went back to the check-out and allegedly began pulling items off the rack and putting them by the bathroom waiting area.

Slade "appeared" to have set off the alarm at one point, according to charging documents, and ran back to the bathroom.

After being read his Miranda Rights, Slade defended himself, according to charging documents, stating that he was homeless and fell asleep in the bathroom and when he woke up, was scared. He took the phone and tablet to check the time, the Twix bars because he was hungry and the gift cards to use as a pillow, according to his statements included in charging documents.

Slade appeared Dec. 7 before District Court Judge John Dunnigan, who ordered him held in lieu of $2,500 bail on another theft case and released him in the CVS theft case. Slade remained at the Harford County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon.

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