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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of the suspect wanted in connection to several pharmacy break-ins throughout the area.

Shelby County deputies said they executed three arrest warrants before taking suspect Marcus Walker into custody Thursday evening.

His girlfriend, Priss Perry, was also arrested.

Along with a third person, Kevin Butler, who had active warrants unrelated to the case.

According to authorities, Walker broke into the Walgreen's at Canada Road and Highway 64, the People's Custom RX Pharmacy off Brookhaven Circle and a Fred's on Quince.

They identified Marcus as their main suspect following intense surveillance efforts.

Thursday night, they executed warrants at several locations including Perry's home.

Walker was arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell, possession of stolen property and three counts of burglary of a business.

He is also facing 23 felony charges, authorities said.

While in custody, authorities said Walker admitted to five local burglaries.

Perry was charged with possession with intent to sell and possession of stolen property.

This isn't the first time Walker has been in trouble with the law. He is currently on parole and served eight years in prison.

WREG was told in the past, he admitted to 103 similar burglaries.

Not all of those are in our area, authorities said.

Additional arrests are expected.

The Memphis Police Department, the Bartlett Police Department and the Shelby county ALERT team helped in the investigation.

“With Mr. Walker breaking into these pharmacies naturally he’s selling them out on the streets and there’s an addiction problem here in Memphis and Shelby County and all across the nation," said Floyd Bonner, Chief Deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Unfortunately Chief Deputy Floyd Bonner says we’re seeing prescription drug abuse and heroin overdoses all too often.

"If it weren’t for Narcan we wouldn’t be able to bring back some people. Unfortunately we had one last week we were not able to revive so the prescription drug problem has become huge," he said.

"Seeing what we’ve been seeing as far as break-ins at pharmacies that’s pretty indicative of the problem," said Karen Morgan, with Turning Point.

Morgan helps those battling addiction.

She says while this arrest helps keeps drugs off the streets we need to look at the deeper issue of what’s drawing them there in the first place.

"What are people becoming addicted? Why are they taking this medication? Why are people using heroin? Is it because they became injured and became addicted to their prescription pain medication? And now they can’t get that any more which in a lot of cases that’s true? Or is it something else? Is there a mental health condition?"