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.