News Release
For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2010
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Pharmacy Burglary

MAR 15 -  CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England United States Attorney John P. Kacavas, and Ossipee Police Department Chief Donald Grow announced that Joseph Savio, 31, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison after pleading guilty to the May 16, 2009 burglary of the Rite Aid pharmacy in Ossipee, New Hampshire. Savio was also sentenced to three years of supervised release to begin after he is released from prison. During the period of supervised release, Savio’s behavior will be monitored by the United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office.

Savio admitted that he and Joseph Gordinas committed the burglary of the Rite Aid pharmacy in Ossipee. Gordinas and Savio broke into the Rite Aid pharmacy at approximately 2:57 a.m.on May 16, 2009, loaded a sack with controlled substances stolen from a locked cabinet, and then fled the scene. Police responding to the store alarm engaged in a high speed pursuit of a vehicle operated by Savio’s brother, Mark Savio. Gordinas and Joseph Savio were observed running from the vehicle after it stopped. Mark Savio continued to drive the vehicle after the others ran from it. Mark Savio was captured hiding in a wooded area in the vicinity of the vehicle. Gordinas and Joseph Savio were arrested several hours later. The sack of controlled substances was recovered from the area in which Gordinas and Joseph Savio fled.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ossipee Police Department lead the investigation of this case.