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Police arrest suspect for stealing prescriptions from cars

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OVERLAND, MO (KTVI) - An Overland man who fought with police and stole prescription medication from his neighbor on Thanksgiving is now behind bars.  Police say it's all thanks to residents working with them to solve the crime.

Residents on Huntington Avenue in Overland, spotted someone rummaging through their neighbors' cars, and called police with a description of the suspect.  Officers were able to track him down right away.   The suspect, 23-year-old Bryant Edwards, happened to live right down the street.

When police approached Edwards, he started kicking and shoving the officers, causing scrapes and bruises.  Once they were able to handcuff him, officers found he was in possession of prescription pills, including hydrocodone, which belonged to one of the car break-in victims.

Overland Police Chief Mike Laws says the suspect was opening the doors of unlocked vehicles, which is why police encourage everyone to lock their car doors, even when parking in your own neighborhood.  Laws explains, "It's an opportunistic way of doing things, they just walk down the street and look for unlocked doors, and take whatever's handy, in this case, it was prescription drugs."

Edwards is now charged with stealing a controlled substance and resisting arrest.  This isn't his first run-in with the law; in 2010, Edwards pleaded guilty to burglary and stealing over $500.  In 2012, court records show he stole a motor vehicle.​