Thursday, August 12, 1999

Man charged with pharmacy break-ins




BY WILLIAM A. WEATHERS
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 46-year-old Hyde Park man was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglarizing three of about a dozen pharmacies that have been broken into during the past year.

        The Cincinnati Police Division's Pharmaceutical Diversion Squad charged Dennis E. Fields of the 3800 block of Paxton Avenue with multiple counts of breaking and entering and theft of drugs from the pharmacies.

        “We are investigating the possibility that the subject was involved in several others (pharmacy burglaries in Ohio),” Sgt. John Burke, supervisor of the pharmaceutical diversion squad, said Wednesday.

        Mr. Fields was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Pierce Township, Clermont County, with the assistance of the Pierce Township Police Department and the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.

        He is charged with breaking into the following pharmacies during the past year:

        • CVS Pharmacy, 2038 Beechmont Ave., Mount Washington.

        • The Medicine Shoppe, 7114 Hamilton Ave., North College Hill.

        • Muchmore Pharmacy, 7858 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township.

        Police said additional pharmacy burglary charges are forthcoming against Mr. Fields in Northern Kentucky.

        A special police task force was created to investigate the pharmacy burglaries, most of which were occurred in eastern Cincinnati communities along Interstate 71.

        The task force includes officers from Cincinnati, Anderson Township, Loveland, Sycamore Township and Sharonville. Other counties with similar crimes are being asked to participate.

        CVS chain pharmacies and independent pharmacies have been the primary targets of the break-ins. One of the most recent burglaries occurred at Poppe's Medicine Shop in Silverton on Aug. 5, when the intruder disabled the alarm. Drugs stolen ranged from prescription painkillers such as Demerol and Percodan to Viagra, the anti-impotence medicine.

        Across the state, at least 88 break- ins or attempts have been reported in the last two years, according to the Ohio Pharmacy Board.

       



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