June 23, 2018
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Nurse accused of stealing prescription drugs left at Belfast Hannaford checkout

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — Police have accused a registered nurse of stealing drugs from a man who left his prescription pills at the Belfast Hannaford checkout earlier this month.

Dianne L. Hoffman, 41, of Whitefield was identified after security camera footage of the Nov. 10 theft was broadcast on Facebook by the Belfast Police Department.

She was issued a summons Monday on a charge of stealing drugs, according to a police report.

Apparently a man had picked up his prescription from the pharmacy counter but had gone to the regular checkout counter to pay for them, according to Officer Wendell Ward of the Belfast Police Department. While there, he set the bag down at the register and forgot to take it with him after paying for his purchases. When the man came back to the store to get them, they had disappeared, Ward said.

Video from store security cameras show Hoffman went through the line a few minutes after the man had left his prescription purchase behind, according to the officer.

The nurse, who works in Waldo County, looked at the bag containing the Schedule Y drug and read the information on it, he said. Then she took the bag with her.

Hoffman has been cooperative since she was tracked down via the Facebook tip, police said.

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