Reports of False Burglary Rise, But Who's the Victim?

Reports of False Burglary Rise, But Who's the Victim? (Stock photo)
Reports of False Burglary Rise, But Who's the Victim? (Stock photo)

Sheridan Police Chief Richard Adriaens says his department has noticed what he calls a huge increase in the number of reports of a specific type of burglary - but there's a catch. Chief Adriaens says the reports turn out to be centered around a claim of prescription drug theft - a claim that turns out to be false.

It's a familiar problem for many big city pharmacies because some make the false claims of medication theft in an attempt to obtain a refill of tightly regulated, controlled substances. It's also a crime.

In one example, Adriaens says officers responded to a Sheridan residence to investigate a claim of a break-in. Authorities found the door unlocked, a wad of cash still resting on a nearby table - a 30-day supply of a scheduled drug the only thing missing.

Though he says he does not have the statistics in on the frequency of these types of calls recently, it's a stark reminder that in small-town Wyoming, we are not immune to the societal effects of prescription drug abuse.

Between 72 and 81 percent of every arrest in Sheridan is alcohol-related, Adriaens says, while nine percent of arrests are drug-related.

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