Man sentenced for stealing prescription drug


A Leesburg man was placed on community control after he stole another man’s prescription from Kroger and used the pills to numb his legs and arms, according to police and court documents.

Kevin W. Brewer pleaded guilty to deception to obtain a dangerous drug, a felony of the fifth degree, and was sentenced Monday in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas to two years of community control.

A Washington C.H. resident originally reported to police that Brewer picked up a prescription at the Washington C.H. Kroger and changed the phone number for the prescription. Upon the prescription being filled, Kroger called Brewer’s phone number.

The victim stated to police that Brewer had stolen his prescription of Gabapentin and told police Brewer had taken all of the pills and was unable to return any.

In a statement to police, Brewer said, “Kroger notified me of a prescription ready and it was a few months worth, so I picked them up since he wasn’t filling them.” Brewer said in court Monday he took the pills for his neuropathy to numb his legs and arms.

According to police records, Brewer had told the victim he took the medication because it helped him with withdrawals from opiates and that Brewer works as an EMS in Chillicothe.

By Ashley Bunton

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