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POLICE: Misplaced cell phone leads to arrest of Bardstown Road Rite Aide burglar

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Randall R. Steward (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Randall R. Steward (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An alleged pharmacy burglar was captured after police say he made at least one simple mistake: he left his cell phone at the scene.

It happened on Jan. 18, just before 5 a.m. at the Rite Aide on Bardstown Road, near Hudson Lane.

Police say 30-year-old Randall Steward of Corsicana, Texas, along with an unidentified accomplice, forced open the rear door of the pharmacy and took $19,400 worth of prescription drugs, including Opana, morphine, Hydrocodone and methadone. 

While Steward was on the premises, police say he dropped his cell phone near the door.

An alarm was triggered, but by the time police got there, the suspects were gone. However, police say the incident was captured on surveillance video, and Steward's phone was found, as was a crowbar, at the scene.

Police say they found text messages between Steward and his girlfriend -- text messages that mentioned Rite Aide. 

According to an arrest warrant, police interviewed Steward's girlfriend and she admitted that he was one of the suspects who broke into the Rite Aide that night, and that he told her he had dropped his cell phone at the scene.

A warrant was issued for Steward's arrest on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

On April 16, he was extradited from the Navarro County Jail in Corsicana, Texas and brought back to Louisville. He is charged with theft and third degree burglary.

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