The Investigations Division of the St. George Police Department had developed Houghton as a suspect and Stoker as a person of interest, in several St. George pharmacy robberies prior to the their arrest in Nevada. As part of the on-going investigation detectives were sharing information with Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
As a result of the information gathered by St. George Police investigators and information from the recent arrest in Nevada, Houghton has been charged with four counts of Robbery related to incidents occurring in St. George. However, there is insufficient evidence to charge Stoker in any of the St. George robberies at this time.
The pharmacy robberies that occurred in St. George on July 22, 2011 at 12:48PM in which officers responded to a report of a robbery at the Kmart pharmacy located on 745 South Bluff St. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a grayish t-shirt, black baseball cap, a medical mask on his face and white latex gloves.
On July 28, 2011 at 10:42AM, officers responded to IHC-Instacare for a robbery in progress at 577 South River Road. A Male walked into the IHC Pharmacy showed a gun and demanded medications. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a motorcycle helmet, rubber gloves, a black coat and jeans.
On August 15, 2011 at 5:30PM, officers responded to a robbery at the Professional Park Pharmacy. A male subject had entered the building on foot and demanded pain medication at gun point. He was described as a wearing a blue v-neck type sweeter with sweat style pants and what appeared to be a long dark haired wig. The subject had a medical mask covering his mouth and nose and a hat that was described as "fishing style".
On August 19, 2011 at 6:18PM, officers responded to a report of a robbery at Smith’s Pharmacy located at 20 North Bluff. A man with a gun had robbed the pharmacy inside the store. Several prescription medications were taken.
Maxwell Houghton and Paulette Stoker are ex-officers of the St. George Police Department. Houghton was terminated while on probation in 2007. Stoker resigned in 2007. Anyone who has any unreported information about these robberies, may contact Detective Adam Olmstead with the St. George Police Department at (435) 627-4319.