Tonawanda News — Two Niagara County men were arrested in Oregon after burglarizing a local pharmacy and fleeing the state.
Cody S. Broecker, 21, of North Tonawanda and William H. Chapple, III, 45, of Lockport, were charged in Klamath Falls, Ore., with burglarizing and conspiring to burglarize a pharmacy, possession with intent to distribute and conspiring with intent to distribute, for allegedly stealing 15,000 to 20,000 prescription drug pills from the Middleport Family Health Center in August.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank T. Pimentel, who is handling the case, said two days after the Aug. 12 burglary Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies learned from an informant that the defendants committed the crimes.
Deputies executed a search warrant at Chapple’s Lockport home where they found hundreds of prescription tablets and capsules that had been stolen from the center. The two fled Western New York at that time.
The defendants will make an initial appearance at a date and time to be determined at the United States Courthouse in Medford, Ore.
The possession with intent to distribute charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The burglary charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Barbara Burns, public affairs officer for the United States Attorney’s Office of Western New York, said court proceedings may begin Oregon before moving back to New York state.
“They’ll make an initial appearance there,” she said. “There could be a couple of hearings or they could just waive everything.”