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Couple pleaded not guilty to stealing $10,000 in drugs from Puyallup hospital

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 17, 2013 at 10:44 am with No Comments »
April 17, 2013 11:47 am

The box next to the man lying on a bench at a Puyallup hospital held a syringe and more than $10,000 worth of stolen drugs.

He told police his girlfriend, who was visiting a family member in the hospital, asked him to hold the drugs.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged the couple with first-degree theft for Monday’s disruption at Good Samaritan Hospital, which allegedly placed half of the fifth floor in lockdown while the theft was investigated.

Commissioner Meagan Foley set the 23-year-old woman’s bail at $15,000 and the 26-year-old boyfriend’s bail at $5,000. They both pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A nurse called police to the hospital Monday after seeing the woman rifling a cart left in the hallway. The woman denied taking anything other than a needle kit and pair of shears, which she pulled from her sweater and returned.

She eventually told officers she had dumped the drugs in a trashcan. After police couldn’t find the stolen drugs, they questioned the woman’s boyfriend.

As he dug in his pocket for identification, a bag of Dopamine allegedly fell from his pocket, according to charging papers.

Police recovered 16 types of drugs stolen from the hospital inside a box beside the man.

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