MA: Home health aide admits to stealing Oxycodone from client

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Teen reportedly confessed to stealing 15 Oxycodone pills from the woman while she took a bath.

Felony charges are pending against a 19-year-old home health aide accused of stealing Oxycodone from a client at a Pine Knoll Court residence in Cambridge Wednesday afternoon.

The teen reportedly confessed to stealing 15 Oxycodone pills from the woman while she took a bath.

Police recovered eight of the stolen pills with help from the suspect’s father while she admitted to consuming five pills. Police said she was unable to account for two pills.

The suspect was released into the custody of her father while the case remained under investigation by police detectives.

According to reports, officers were dispatched to the Pine Knoll Court residence at 9:34 a.m. Thursday after the resident realized she was missing 15 or 16 Oxycodone pills.

Police said the resident’s prescription was filled on May 2 and she was able to account for more than a dozen pills that she had taken. The pills were discovered to be missing when the resident was filling her pill organizer for the week.

The suspect was the only other person inside the residence since the prescription.

The victim told police the home health aide arrived at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and was scheduled to leave at 4:30 p.m., but she let her stay a while longer because her next appointment was not until an hour later.

The resident reported she took a 20-minute bath and during that time heard a teleconference appointment involving the aide on speaker phone. The aide reportedly discussed prior prescription theft and abuse during the call.

Police said the resident asked the suspect if she was going to have any medication missing, and she told her no.

The next morning the resident counted her pills while filling her pill organizer and found only 62 remained in the bottle. She recounted the pills several times before contacting police.

The investigating officer tried to speak to the manager of the agency for which the suspect worked, but she was not available. A message was left for the manager and a short time later she called to report the suspect was at the agency and had admitted to stealing the Oxycodone pills.

Police said the girl confessed to having prescription abuse issues in the past and she took 15 pills from the Pine Knoll Court resident.

The suspect’s father, who was waiting in a vehicle outside the agency, was asked by police to recover the remaining pills from her bedroom. He returned a short time later with the eight remaining pills.

The case was forwarded to the detective bureau for consideration of felony charges.

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