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Alleged Platte pharmacy burglar arrested again after crash

PLATTE -- A 21-year-old man arrested Feb. 15 for allegedly breaking into Hoffman's Pharmacy in Platte was arrested again Feb. 28 after he was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash about three miles southeast of Platte.

Kristopher Keegel, of rural Platte, was already charged with second-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance for his alleged involvement in the pharmacy break-in. He now faces an additional charge for allegedly testing positive for a controlled substance after crashing his vehicle while out on bond.

According to court documents, the investigation of the incident started at approximately 11:30 p.m. Feb. 28 when Charles Mix County Deputy Andrew Stirling was contacted by Platte Police Chief Brandon Semmler about a crash three miles southeast of Platte.

Semmler was informed of the crash by Keegel's father, Dwight Keegel, court documents say.

Stirling and another deputy arrived at the Platte Police Department shortly after midnight on March 1 to question Kristopher Keegel about the crash, and Keegel admitted to being involved in the crash and said his 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son were also in the vehicle, court document say.

Initially, Keegel denied drinking alcohol or taking illegal drugs, but later -- after testing positive for opiates -- he admitted to taking six hydrocodone pills, which he took from Hoffman's pharmacy, after being released from jail in the burglary case, court documents say.

Keegel is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony with a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, for the events related to the crash.

Keegel still faces charges for the alleged pharmacy break-in, which authorities say happened sometime during the night of Feb. 12 or the early morning hours of Feb. 13. Keegel allegedly stole 12 bulk bottles of hydrocodone and one bulk bottle of tramadol.