On Monday night, September 9, a white male entered Macey’s grocery store located at 760 E. Main St. in Lehi at 8 p.m. and walked over to the in-store pharmacy. The male then “alluded to the fact” that he had a firearm and that he was seeking prescription drugs. Assorted drugs were handed over to the male, who then fled on foot, according to Chad Ray, Lehi Police Department Sergeant.

The male, who was described as a 5’4”, 170-pound man with a short build, did not, in fact, have a firearm, according to Ray. Lehi Police was called, and other police agencies also responded including American Fork, Saratoga Springs, Alpine Highland, and the Utah Highway Patrol. They set up a perimeter in the surrounding area and searched for the suspect. As of Tuesday afternoon, the suspect has not been located, said Ray.

“We are currently following up with leads and looking at surveillance film from Macey’s and will be looking at surveillance video from other businesses in the area,” said Ray.


  1. It’s disheartening that the drug problem is as bad as it’s getting. And unfortunately with growth, the crime rate will go up. States like California, who have passed marijuana across the board, are amongst 45-50 in ex drug buse, while states like Utah rank around 20. So what do we learn from these statistics? That legalizing has an enormous impact in lowering drug abuse of the drugs that are dangerous and sadly taking too many lives.
    The other major issue? The lack of resources to help those who are addicts. Our friends daughter is currently living in the streets using heroin and meth. After tireless efforts we were able to find her and she agreed to get help. You know what happened next? We took her to a local ER. I personally explained to the doctor if they released her she would overdose.
    Having already overdosed 3 times in 7 days. She didn’t have insurance and was therefore released hours later.
    Why? Because we do not have the protocol to help these people. Right now there is ONE HOSPITAL IN THE STATE able to detox a person. Then sending to rehab IF THEY CAN AFFORD IT or if they have insurance to cover it. Why is this acceptable to anyone? How can doctors release these patients to die? I know I’m not alone in saying I’d gladly take a small tax increase to fund better help.
    Had we had better and more resources I wouldn’t have lost my brother or the many childhood friends I’ve lost. How can we continue to complain about this monumental problem and not act to change anything? Why is it that despite having scientific proof addiction is a disease, do we not have the resources to treat it?
    Something needs to change, and fast before we lose even more. There’s a billboard on the north bound freeway with digital number of drug and alcohol deaths in our state, and we have had in 9 months over 600 deaths already. How can we continue to close our eyes? Too many people fortunately have not buried their own children to be personally impacted, but do you want to wait until you do?
    Yes, it is a choice to start drugs. Whether it’s pills from an injury or just a dumb choice at a party.
    The disease is addiction. Some people can take pain meds then stop. Some however, become victims of addiction. And do not ever think you’re above it or your children are. We are all capable of becoming addicts ourselves. So what can we as a society do to change this?
    We start by discussing. Especially with our children.

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