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Ketchikan man charged with stealing drugs from hospital

Posted: Friday, June 07, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 31-year-old man was charged this week with breaking into a drug storage room at Ketchikan General Hospital and stealing prescription drugs.

Robert C. Cox was charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance and theft.

Ketchikan Police Lt. Paul Bruening identified some of the stolen narcotics as morphine, Demerol and Percocet. Police Chief Grant Sirevog said most of the drugs stolen were the kind people take to get a warm, fuzzy feeling.

Hospital officials Saturday morning discovered a back door and a storage room in the surgical wing had been forced open.

Police received a report Monday from the hospital that a former patient had been found trespassing in the building. The hospital identified the man as Cox. Police learned he was wanted in Colorado on drug and burglary charges.

Police found Cox at a restaurant and arrested him on the Colorado warrants. Police searched his belongings and residence, said Bruening, and found drugs.

Police said they also found 15 cameras reported missing from Ketchikan Carrs Quality Center in February. Cox was an employee at Carrs.



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