Cops: Woman switched neighbor's prescription with aspirin
Published 2:35 pm, Monday, November 3, 2014
A Mill Hill Road woman was arrested on a warrant Saturday, charged with stealing prescription medication for a neighbor's child and replacing it with low-dose aspirin.
Michelle Phelan, 41, was charged with risk of injury to a minor, third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and illegal possession of a controlled substance.
Phelan's neighbors called police Oct. 27 because they had noticed over the previous month that prescription pills were vanishing from a cabinet in their kitchen. They had installed a surveillance camera and discovered that Phelan was coming to their house when no one was home, according to the report. On tape, Phelan is seen walking to the kitchen cabinet, opening the prescription bottle and removing some of the pills, police said.
When the home's residents checked the bottle, they found that six capsules had been tampered with and detectives determined the contents had been removed and replaced with the crushed aspirin.
Phelan was released after posting a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Nov. 12 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.