Dixmont house cleaner arrested after allegedly pilfered pills found in vehicle

Posted Oct. 18, 2013, at 6:17 p.m.
Lisa C. York
Lisa C. York

HOLDEN, Maine — A Dixmont woman who cleans homes for a living was arrested Friday morning on multiple charges as a result of a theft complaint filed by one of her clients.

Lisa C. York, 43, is charged with theft, unlawful possession of prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and a usable amount of marijuana, driving after the suspension of her drivers license and being in possession of a suspended drivers license, Holden police Officer Chris Greeley said Friday.

York was taken to Penobscot County Jail after her arrest and since has been released on bail, Greeley said.

The series of events that led to York’s arrest began Thursday, when Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell fielded a jewelry theft complaint from a couple residing on Route 46, Greeley said. The couple provided Fizell some names of people who worked in their home or otherwise had access to it, and York’s name was on the list. While looking into the background of people on the list, Fizell learned that York’s drivers license was suspended.

Greeley was at the couple’s home Friday morning when York drove into the driveway for a cleaning job, leading to the first charge she racked up that day, the officer said.

During a subsequent search of her car, Greeley turned up three empty prescription bottles — including one for oxycodone and one for Ritalin — belonging to other people, Greeley said. York claimed that the prescription holders were clients of hers who had asked her to get them refills, he said.

As Greeley continued to search, he said, he found a small zippered bag containing a nearly full bottle of cyclobenzaprine, a prescription muscle relaxer, belonging to the wife of the couple who filed the complaint. Further searching turned up more pills — painkillers, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants, antihistamines and anti-anxiety drugs among them — a white powder believed to be some sort of drug, drug paraphernalia and a usable amount of marijuana. She also had her suspended license, which she was supposed to have forfeited to the state, he said.

Greeley said that before the search, York told him that some of her other clients, including Hampden and Orrington residents, also had experienced jewelry thefts. The Holden jewelry theft remains under investigation.

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