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Delozier Bill to Crack Down on Robbery of Controlled Substances

HARRISBURG – The state House of Representatives today approved legislation aimed at strengthening penalties for robberies where the objective is to obtain controlled substances, said Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), author of the bill.

House Bill 289 would amend the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, regarding sentences for burglary, robbery and theft of a controlled substance.

“Pharmacy robberies are becoming a real and growing problem in Pennsylvania. Many times, the stolen drugs end up being sold on the streets,” said Delozier. “My hope is to keep controlled substances in the hands of those to whom they are prescribed to. By increasing the consequences, we are bringing the penalty in line with the severity of the crime. These drugs have the potential to cause significant harm to our citizens if misused or abused, and those who put others in danger to obtain them should pay the consequences. ”

Specifically, burglary of a building or occupied structure for the purpose of acquiring controlled substances would become a first-degree felony. Currently, robbery can be a first-, second- or third-degree felony, depending on the degree of force, level of threat or if the robbery occurs in a financial institution.

“We are ultimately trying to deter these crimes from being committed--for everyone’s protection, including the employees, who could be put in danger in these types of situations,” added Delozier.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million people in the U.S. reported using prescription painkillers nonmedically in 2010.

House Bill 289 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Representative Sheryl Delozier
88th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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