The suspect in a robbery at the Dundas Pharmasave led Hamilton police to his trail two days later by overdosing on prescription drugs stolen during the theft.
Police spokesperson Catherine Martin said the break, enter and robbery unit began investigating after police responded to an ambulance call in Dundas on Dec. 29 involving a man who ingested the drugs and suffered a medical emergency.
Only two days earlier, a man with his face covered by a scarf had walked into the King Street West pharmacy at about 6:15 p.m. and demanded narcotics from a clerk, who complied.
The suspect and a woman accomplice who also concealed her face with a scarf then fled on foot. Police tried to track down the pair with the help of a police dog but were unsuccessful.
Martin said police were able to identify and interview the woman following the overdose, but she was released without charges.
A 32-year-old Dundas man is charged with robbery and being disguised with intent to commit a crime.