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Local man admits to stealing medication


Lyle Halverson of Moose Lake was charged with felony theft and controlled substance in the fifth degree, after a person complained that prescription drugs were missing from his supply.

Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm wrote in a complaint that on January 7, he received a report from the victim that he believed that Lyle Halverson, 50, was possibly stealing Oxycodone pills from the victim’s residence.

“(The victim) reported to Moose Lake Law Enforcement that he is a cancer patient and, as part of his treatment, is prescribed Oxycodone,” it was stated in the complaint. “(The victim) reported that he has noticed vast quantities of his pills going missing in the recent past. (The victim) suspected that the defendant might be stealing some of his Oxycodone pills as he is a close friend of (the victim) and has access to his house.

“Chief Bogenholm then went to visit the defendant and asked about the missing pills. The defendant admitted to Chief Bogenholm that he has a key to (the victim's) residence that (the victim) gave him. Mr. Halverson admitted going to (the victim's) house quite frequently to visit him, as they are friends. The defendant also admitted that he would steal 10 Oxycodone pills at a time from (the victim) for an ailing back condition the defendant has. The defendant stated that he does not have insurance and is in a great deal of pain and requires the medication.

“The defendant led Chief Bogenholm to his house and produced 10 Oxycodone pills the defendant admitted to recently stealing from (the victim). The defendant did not have a prescription to possess said medications. The defendant did admit to stealing the medication from (the victim) as he did not have consent to take them. The defendant also produced a key to (the victim's) residence and gave that over to Chief Bogenholm. The defendant admitted that he stole Oxycodone pills in the past.”

A felony theft charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and/or a $20,000 fine.

The charge of controlled substance crime in the fifth degree carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or $10,000 for a first violation, and not less than six months nor more than 10 years and/or $20,000 for a second or subsequent violation.


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