An elderly man helped nab a man now accused of stealing the elderly man’s prescription medication by filming the burglary.
Jamie Hamilton, 30, of Sturtevant, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with burglary of a building and possession of narcotic drugs. If convicted, Hamilton faces up to 16 years in prison and/or fined up to $35,000.
According to the criminal complaint: An elderly couple suspected for over a year that someone was stealing their prescription medications from their apartment at Lake Oaks Senior Apartment, 1916 Wisconsin Ave. He called the police earlier in the year but there wasn’t enough evidence to investigate the case since only a few pills were missing at a time. From that point on, the couple were “forced to ration” their pills.
But on Tuesday, the man called the police saying he had video evidence of Hamilton entering his apartment and taking the pills. The elderly man told police that he thought he might just be forgetful. To see if that was the case, the man put a toothpick in the apartment door before he left.
“The toothpick was on the floor when he returned an increasing amount of times telling him that someone had been in his apartment,” the complaint reads. “There was never damage to the door, and the door was still locked whenever he returned.”
So the man set out to see if someone was indeed coming into his apartment by setting up his cell phone as a surveillance camera. The video showed Hamilton, who is a maintenance man for the apartment complex, entering the apartment, putting on black gloves and taking a few pills from a locked cabinet. Hamilton had a master key that he wasn’t supposed to have after several patients complained that they too were missing their medications.
When detectives approached Hamilton, they found he had five loose pills, a master key, and two cell phones. He told police he didn’t have a prescription and admitted to entering the apartment.
Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a $10,000 signature bond. A preliminary hearing was set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Racine County Courthouse.
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.
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