North Liberty man charged for allegedly stealing meds

BY DI STAFF | JANUARY 30, 2012 7:20 AM

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A North Liberty man has been charged with breaking into a pharmacy and stealing medication on three occasions.

According to North Liberty police, Benjamin Cooper, 24, North Liberty, allegedly broke into Liberty Pharmacy on 555 W. Cherry St., on Dec. 21, 2011, and stole prescription medication.

Police responded to a burglary alarm at Liberty Pharmacy, where they located bicycle and shoe impressions in the fresh snow and tracked them to Cooper's residence, the report said.

Cooper allegedly admitted to breaking into the business and informed the officers as to which medications he had stolen and consumed, which matched the pharmacy's missing inventory. Cooper also allegedly admitted to committing two other burglaries at the same business.

Third-degree burglary is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

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