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Police: Woman stole pills from care home

May 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

WIND GAP, Pa., May 3 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a nursing home caretaker is accused of leaving patients alone while she sold stolen morphine pills door to door.

Wind Gap police said Mechelle Looney, 42, a caretaker at Lynn's Personal Care Home, stole morphine pills from the facility and left residents, some of whom suffer from dementia, alone while she attempted to sell the pills door to door, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday.

Police said they received a call Tuesday from a resident who said a woman had come to her house and attempted to sell her morphine. Officers went to Lynn's Personal Care Home and Looney, who matched the description given by the resident, answered the door.

Looney admitted to stealing the pills and attempting to sell them while leaving the patients on their own.

Patricia Friend, owner of the care home, said she performed an inventory and discovered 10 morphine pills were missing.

Looney was arraigned Wednesday on charges of drug possession, possession with intent to deliver, theft by unlawful taking and reckless endangerment.

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