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Investigators Probe Theft of 4,000 Pills From Milwaukee Medical Examiner's Office

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Milwaukee County investigators are trying to find out who stole over 4,000 pills from the county medical examiner’s office.

Sheriff David Clarke said the drugs were recently discovered to be missing from a locked bin in a storage area that’s seldom used but has a lot of foot traffic close by. The drugs are taken from death scenes.

The stolen pills include commonly-abused narcotics like oxycodone, morphine, and methadone. Clarke said the drug bin had not been checked since April. He said a lot of people might have to be interviewed, but he has evidence which could narrow the list.

Medical examiner Brian Peterson said dozens of construction workers have walked by the area during a roofing and interior repair project – and employees cannot be ruled as suspects, either.

Peterson has headed the office since June, and he could not explain why the medicines had been stored for so long. Now, he says he’s adopting a new policy to get rid of the drugs as fast as possible.

Two people will inventory them, so they know what type of medicines will be involved in death investigations. And then the actual drugs will be disposed of.

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