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Former doctor charged with stealing prescription drugs

Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania are saying that a one-time physician charged with stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy was driven to commit the thefts due to a drug addiction. The suspect allegedly stole several doses of oxycontin and Fentanyl, as well as medical equipment, over several incidents.

The man is accused of holding up the Lebanon Shops Pharmacy in Mt. Lebanon twice in mid-October and of breaking into the drug store the night of Aug. 21. The man allegedly showed employees a handgun during the Oct. 9 and Oct. 18 incidents and made off with the prescription drugs and some other items. He also allegedly stole drugs and some syringes during the Aug. 21 break in.

The suspect, 37, is a physician who worked in a hospital in West Virginia but was either fired or suspended related to a drug addiction, according to an Allegheny County Police spokesman. He has been living with his parents in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, off and on in recent months, the police spokesman said. Charges filed against him on Nov. 3 include seven counts of robbery, burglary, theft, drug possession and firearms violations.

The police spokesman believed that the suspect was continuing to struggle with his drug addiction when he allegedly committed the thefts and had no other means to get access to oxycontin and Fentanyl.

There was an attempted robbery of another area drug store on Oct. 30, but authorities do not believe the 37-year-old was involved in that incident.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Mt. Lebanon former physician charged with pharmacy robberies," Liz Navratil, Nov. 4, 2011

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