Purdy man arrested for stealing prescription medicine

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Man allegedly steals medicine from resident's bathroom

A Purdy man has been arrested in connection with stealing prescription medicines from the homes of clients while working for a heating and air company.

According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Joe Robinson Jr., 31, of Purdy, was allegedly taking prescription medicines from the bathrooms of the clients' homes. He is charged with first-degree burglary and stealing of any controlled substance.

The alleged crimes took place at Private Road 1190 in Eagle Rock, where the resident said Robinson was in his home to install a thermostat. He noticed that Robinson had used his bathroom without asking for permission. After he left the home, the resident noticed one of his pill bottles containing Oxycodone was missing.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said Robinson was arrested, and prescription pill bottles with victim's name were allegedly found hidden in a potato chip bag in Robinson's lunch box.

Robinson allegedly confessed to taking the pills, stating he walked into the bathroom, saw the pill bottles and took them.

Epperly said Robinson has a criminal history containing second-degree burglary and admitted to committing crimes like this in the past. He said the owner of the company who employed Robinson was upset, as the owner feels the crime reflects poorly on the business.

Robinson is being held at the Barry County jail on charges of first-degree burglary, a class B felony, and stealing of any controlled substance, a class C felony. His is being held in the Barry County jail on a bond of $20,000, and was scheduled for a disposition hearing on Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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