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Friday, July 12, 2019

Colorado Springs Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing Thousands Of Pills From Area Pharmacy

Nearly 7,000 Narcotic pills and other medicine taken by the defendant and four others

DENVER – Dewayne Scott, age 21, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, pled guilty this week to pharmacy burglary before U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore, announced U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn and FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips.  Scott appeared at the change of plea hearing on bond but was remanded at its conclusion.  He is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Moore on September 26, 2019.

According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, on August 22, 2017, at approximately 3:08 a.m., Scott and four others burglarized The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on North Wahsatch Street in Colorado Springs.  In total, Scott and others stole:  540 Oxycontin pills, 2569 Hydrocodone pills, 69 Percocet pills, 120 Morphine Sulphate pills, 440 Tramadol pills, 618 Hydromorphone pills, 340 Adderal pills, 145 Oxycodone pills, 676 Oxymorphone pills and 1277 Dextroamphetamine pills.  The value of these stolen pills is approximately $18,029.  Scott and others also stole other types of medication.  In total the entire loss to the pharmacy was $27,298.

While conducting an investigation into the theft investigators found surveillance footage showing Scott leaving the pharmacy carrying a white trash can filled with pill bottles.  Scott then tripped over a parking lot divider while fleeing the pharmacy.  Scott picked up many of the pill bottles that fell on the ground and fled the scene. 

On October 18, 2017, law enforcement officers arrested Scott pursuant to a state arrest warrant for the commercial burglary of Two Men and a Truck, also in Colorado Springs, committed on October 9, 2017.  That same day the FBI interviewed Scott.  It was determined that Scott was partly responsible for The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy burglary.  Agents further determined that Scott did not receive his expected cut from the sale of the stolen pills because he had spilled and lost some of the pills after tripping and falling while fleeing the scene.

Scott was first charged by Criminal Complaint on March 7, 2019.  He was indicted by a federal grand jury, formalizing the charges on March 19, 2019.  He pled guilty on July 10, 2019.

This case was investigated by the FBI with substantial assistance from the Colorado Springs Police Department.  The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason St. Julien. 

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Opioids
Prescription Drugs
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Contact: 
Jeff Dorschner Spokesman, Public Affairs Officer U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Colorado 303-454-0243 direct; 303-454-0400 fax
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CASE NUMBER: 19-cr-00117
Updated July 12, 2019