Spokane Hospital Worker Caught Pilfering Pills - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UPDATE: Spokane Hospital Worker Caught Pilfering Pills

Posted: Updated:

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: Spokane Police Detectives arrested Paul A Martsin (10/29/88), a pharmacist technician at SHMC after he was witnessed on surveillance cameras stealing 1000 Hydrocodone pills and codeine cough syrup from the hospital pharmacy.

During the course of this extensive investigation, in cooperation with Sacred Heart Medical Center (SHMC), SPD detectives seized a large quantity of Hydrocodone pills, empty pill bottles from previous thefts, a large quantity of cash, and five firearms (rifles and pistols) from Martsin's residence. Martsin was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of Hydrocodone with Intent to Deliver and Possession of Codeine with Intent to Deliver.  Further charges may be pending.

In May of this year Sacred Heart Medical Center (SHMC) contacted the Spokane Police Department to report large discrepancies in Hydrocodone inventory with concerns theft of the pills may be occurring. Detectives of SPD/SIU were asked to investigate. 

In the course of the investigation, it was learned that the tracking software used in the pharmacy was being manipulated by an employee to cover the thefts. With the assistance of SHMC, Paul A Martsin (10/29/88), a pharmacist technician, was determined to be a suspect.

Detectives installed surveillance equipment in the area where the thefts occurred to assist with the investigation. 

On July 17, after a lengthy amount of follow-up investigation, Detectives were able to view Martsin stealing 1,000 Hydrocodone pills and two bottles of codeine cough syrup. Martsin was arrested before he left SHMC.

Detectives secured search warrants for Martsin's residence, storage unit, and banking records.  Evidence recovered thus far does not indicate Martsin was a user of the pills. Detectives seized a large quantity of Hydrocodone pills, empty pill bottles from previous thefts, a large quantity of cash, and five firearms (rifles and pistols) from his apartment. 

An investigation this involved takes a great deal of time, patience, planning and co-ordination.   SPD worked closely with the staff and administration of SHMC. SHMC has added new software and security measures to prevent future thefts such as this one since the incident.

PREVIOUS STORY:

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane police say a pharmacy technician at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center stole 100,000 hydrocodone pain pills.
    
The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1dJxmam) the 25-year-old was arrested Wednesday after a surveillance camera showed him stuffing bottles of pills and codeine cough syrup into his backpack. More pills and empty bottles were found at his apartment and storage unit.
    
The state Health Department is conducting its own investigation that could take away his pharmacy credentials.
    
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: High Drive brush fire now 100% contained

    UPDATE: High Drive brush fire now 100% contained

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:17 AM EDT2014-07-29 05:17:55 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Monday afternoon a brush fire broke out on the west side of Spokane's South Hill. The fire, which broke out around 3pm, was burning on the hill between High Drive and Qualchan Golf Course. By 9pm Monday night the fire was 100% contained.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- On Monday afternoon a brush fire broke out on the west side of Spokane's South Hill. The fire, which broke out around 3pm, was burning on the hill between High Drive and Qualchan Golf Course. By 9pm Monday night the fire was 100% contained.
    More >>
  • Lady Star has been found thanks to your help & the power of social media!

    Lady Star has been found thanks to your help & the power of social media!

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:59:04 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A good ending to a story only brought about because of you and the power of social media. You may remember the story of the beautiful German Shepherd, Lady Star who went missing after a car crash on June 24th. She was the dog of Asha Bartholomew and her husband, a former WWII vet who passed away a year ago.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A good ending to a story only brought about because of you and the power of social media. You may remember the story of the beautiful German Shepherd, Lady Star who went missing after a car crash on June 24th. She was the dog of Asha Bartholomew and her husband, a former WWII vet who passed away a year ago.
    More >>
  • Scientists hoping to restore salmon in Ellensburg

    Scientists hoping to restore salmon in Ellensburg

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:56:35 GMT
    ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - The settlers who founded Ellensburg in the 1870s were likely drawn by the plentiful water in creeks crisscrossing the valley, but as the city expanded, it grew right over those streams. Look at a Google map of downtown Ellensburg and you'll see Wilson Creek wind across Main Street.More >>
    ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) - The settlers who founded Ellensburg in the 1870s were likely drawn by the plentiful water in creeks crisscrossing the valley, but as the city expanded, it grew right over those streams. Look at a Google map of downtown Ellensburg and you'll see Wilson Creek wind across Main Street.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.