State police charged a Pikesville carpet cleaner yesterday with the theft of a prescription drug from the Carroll County home of a blind former Baltimore police officer.
Alan Jeffrey Abelson, 31, of the 4800 block of Hawksbury Road in Pikesville, was charged with the theft of phenobarbital from the bathroom of Eugene Cassidy while he was cleaning carpets in the former officer's home Nov. 24.
The theft was discovered by Mr. Cassidy the next day when he was unable to locate the drugs, court records showed. When Mr. Cassidy called the Hampstead Revco drug store to order an additional supply of the phenobarbital, he learned that his prescription had been refilled the previous day at another Revco store on Liberty Road in Eldersburg, the victim told state police.
Troopers reported that when they investigated the theft, they learned that Mr. Abelson was in the Cassidy house on Nov. 24 and had used the bathroom where the drugs were kept just before leaving the house for the day.
Mr. Abelson was released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner pending trial.