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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — A Sandpoint man accused of squirreling away thousands of pills from a local pharmacy waived his right Wednesday to a preliminary hearing.

Bradley William Owens’ waiver amounts to tacit agreement that the state’s grand theft, burglary and felony drug possession case against him is strong enough to warrant a trial in 1st District Court.

Owens is scheduled to be arraigned in district court on Feb. 4. He is free on his own recognizance while the case is pending.

Owens committed the pill thefts while employed at Sandpoint Super Drug from 2010 to 2012, according to charging papers. As many as 18,000 tablets encompassing more than 50 types of prescription medication were taken, court documents.

The pills, which included stimulants and synthetic opiates, were valued at $13,000.

A pharmacist suspected Owens of committing the thefts due to changes in his physical appearance and demeanor over the years. The pharmacy conducted its own investigation and surveillance cameras captured images of Owens ingesting pills.

Owens denied committing the thefts when he was confronted by Sandpoint Police and insisted he was being framed, according probable cause hearing testimony in the case.

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  • Luv83864 posted at 10:28 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    People pay boohoo bucks for pills and one certain kind can be as much as $120 per pill. People get rich odd the little ticket their doctor writes them each month. There are other narcotic pills that people crave that are just around .12 cents each. Depends what he was taking. He sure avoided the radar for long enough. I think he should be charged for selling the pills as he could not have consumed that much for personal use. Hopefully this will put a dent into prescription pill addiction.

  • old school posted at 11:57 pm on Tue, Jan 29, 2013.

    old school Posts: 13

    18000 pills worth only $13000?? How can that be right? Some of these pills the Tweakers sell for $30-$40 each. I agree with Jason Smith. A drugged employee advising the elderly, pregnant, sick, etc. Just another tweaker that will probly be let off easy so he can steal again to support his addiction.

  • Jason Smith posted at 6:20 am on Mon, Jan 28, 2013.

    Jason Smith Posts: 67

    They have known for years as I know of many people that have been shorted of pills from their prescription and have complained. They add the few pills that you noticed missing but no action taken ever against the employees stealing or not being able to count. Here you had a drugged employee advising the elderly, the pregnant, and the sick. If the pharmacist suspected the abuse over years and did nothing even though it was brought to his attention should accept some responsibility for not putting the safety of the public as #1. When was the last time Super Drug did inventory?