Coaldale woman charged with theft, drug violations
Lansford police have charged a Coaldale woman with drug law violations and retail theft.
Amy Dale, 32, of 34 Foster Ave., was charged by police as a result of an incident which took place on March 13 at 700 E. Patterson St. Charges were filed by Officer Brian Horos. Dale is charged with possession of a controlled substance and retail theft.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, here's what happened:
At about 3:45 p.m. March 13, Horos was dispatched on a report of retail theft at the Family Dollar store. He was met by store manager Nicole Diehl, who pointed at Dale, who was seated on a chair in the front of the store. Diehl said Dale had attempted to steal several items worth a total of $8.50 four Cadbury eggs, a can of Febreze air freshener, and a container of make up powder by hiding them in her purse, but was confronted as she tried to leave the store.
Horos asked Dale if she had taken the items and concealed them, and she said yes. When he asked her why, she replied "It was stupid." She said she did not have any other concealed items she was attempting to steal.
Dale was handcuffed and taken to the police station. There, Officer Joshua Tom conducted a brief search of Dale's purse to see if there were any other stolen items. He found several brown pill bottles. One bottle, labeled Tramadol, contained a piece of balled-up tinfoil.
The foil contained four yellow pills. Officer Tom asked Dale about the pills, and she said they were hers. She was unable to provide a logical answer as to why they were wrapped in the foil. She said the pills were 40 mg Oxycodone.
He asked her if she had a prescription, and she said she did not.
Horos seized the pills and bottles as evidence.
He gave Dale a statement form, but she refused to provide a written statement. He contacted her again the next day, and she came in to get other personal property that had been seized the day of the arrest. She was asked if she had brought a prescription for the Oxycodone pills; she had not.
On April 1, Horos went to the Rite Aid pharmacy in Lansford, where the pharmacist confirmed the pills were indeed Oxycodone, 40 mg.