Man faces prescription theft charge Police say he stole from former officer

December 03, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

State police yesterday charged a Pikesville carpet cleaner with the theft of a prescription drug from the Hampstead 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 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.

Police said that Mr. Abelson admitted the theft during questioning and produced a bottle containing 60 of the 100 pills obtained at the Eldersburg drug store Nov. 24.

State police obtained a warrant for Mr. Abelson and he was arrested after the interrogation.

The carpet cleaner was charged with stealing the drugs from Mr. Cassidy's house, possession of phenobarbital, using a false name to obtain the drugs, forging a prescription and obtaining 100 pills of phenobarbital by fraud.

Mr. Abelson was released on his own recognizance by a District Court commissioner pending trial.

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