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April 25, 2013

Police: Vilas Home shift super stole drugs

PLATTSBURGH — A Samuel F. Vilas Home shift supervisor faces felony charges in connection with the theft of narcotics from an elderly resident there.

Tamara M. Terry, 37, of Peru was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

City Police said in a press release that, over an extended time period at the adult home, Terry removed a resident’s Oxycodone from the blister packaging, substituted the pills with Tylenol, then re-sealed the blister packs “to conceal her larceny.”

“The ‘re-blistered’ medication was subsequently taken by the patient in place of the Oxycodone over an extended period of time,” police said.

Vilas Home administrators contacted City Police in March to report the missing medication, authorities said, and Terry was arrested following an investigation by department detectives.

She is charged with two felonies: second-degree endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person and second-degree assault.

The assault charge, police said, stems from the endangering charge and also for “recklessly causing physical injury to another person,” police said. 

“In this case, the physical injury is the substantial pain from not receiving the correct medication.”

The Vilas Home declined to comment on Terry’s case.

Terry was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and taken to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Email Suzanne Moore at:smoore@pressrepublican.com

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