Ketchikan: Man charged in hospital break-in

Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2002

A 31-year-old man is in custody for allegedly breaking into a drug-storage room at Ketchikan General Hospital and stealing a large quantity of prescription drugs. The break-in occurred between Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1.

Robert C. Cox, 31, is charged with fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, second-degree theft and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. He is being held without bail at Ketchikan Correctional Center.

On Wednesday afternoon, two tables at the Ketchikan Police Department were covered with vials, packages and syringes seized from Cox's residence, backpack and duffel bag.

Police first received word of the burglary at about 10 a.m. Saturday, said Lt. Paul Bruening. Hospital staff recognized Cox as a former patient who had been found trespassing there, police said. Police learned he also was wanted in Colorado on drug and burglary charges, Bruening said. They arrested him on the Colorado warrants, searched his belongings and residence, and found drugs, said Bruening. Some of the drugs were identified by a hospital pharmacist. Other items were found during the search, Bruening said, including about 15 cameras reported missing in February from Ketchikan Carrs Quality Center, where Cox was an employee.

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