Skowhegan police investigating theft of drugs from homeless shelter

Posted July 09, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Local police are seeking a suspect who allegedly stole more than $1,000 in prescription drugs from the Trinity Men’s Shelter over the weekend.

Skowhegan Police Chief Ted Blais said Wednesday the thefts occurred Saturday night into Sunday morning, and the thefts were discovered by a staff member on Sunday.

Blais said the shelter is operated by the Trinity Evangelical Free Church.

The chief said the pilfered medication, which was taken from a cabinet, consisted of “a little bit of everything,” from stimulants to psychiatric, asthma and anti-anxiety drugs.

“This amount of drugs on the street is really concerning to me about the welfare of our citizens,” Blais said. “People could be buying something illegally where they have no idea what it truly is.”

Blais said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on the case is urged to call Skowhegan police at 474-6908. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by calling 474-6916.

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