The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

September 8, 2013

Pharmacy intern accused of pill theft

HERMITAGE — A Sharon man has been charged with stealing prescription pills from a local pharmacy, where he was an intern,

Dean L. Burns, 42, of 279 First Ave., Sharon, has been charged with theft, possession of hydrocodone and Alprazolam and receiving stolen property.

Burns was seen putting two bottles of pills in his pocket May 9 while he worked at Kmart, 2235 E. State St., Hermitage police said.

He turned over bottles of hydrocodone, a narcotic painkiller, and Alprazolam, a generic form of the anti-anxiety medication Xanax, and admitted stealing thousands of pills since his internship began in November, police said.

He said he is addicted to pills, police said.

Kmart reported that it has had a shortage of 11,736 pills of Alprazolam; hydrocodone; Clonazepam, narcotic used to treat seizures and panic disorder and relax muscles; and Vicodin, a narcotic pain reliever that includes hydrocodone and acetaminophen, during Burns’ internship, and placed their retail value at $8,651, police said.

Burns was arraigned by District Judge Lorinda L. Hinch, Mercer, and taken to jail for failing to post bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday before District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell.

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