DANVILLE — A Mount Carmel man will face Montour County Court action for allegedly stealing a credit card from a doctor’s office in a restricted area near the pediatric intensive care unit at Geisinger.
Matthew Melnick, 33, waived his right Tuesday afternoon to a preliminary hearing before Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder.
Police charged him with burglary, criminal trespass, theft of an access device, receiving stolen property, possession of a schedule II narcotic, possession of paraphernalia and altering or misbranding a controlled substance.
Mahoning Township Officers Jason Bedisky and Garon Fenstermaker responded to an alarm activation at a hospital pharmacy and found Melnick who allegedly tried to break into a pharmacy at about 11:20 p.m. April 15. Security officers said they found him roaming the halls while responding to the alarm at the pharmacy.
They showed police several photos of Melnick trying to open the pharmacy lock.
Melnick allegedly went into an open doctor’s office and took a credit card belonging to Dr. Daniel Rogers, of the pediatrics department.
Bedisky said Melnick told him he was wandering the halls because he “had to clear his mind.” He said he got lost in the hallways and when he returned to the pediatric intensive care unit, he walked down a hallway where he saw an open doctor’s office. He entered and took a white credit card from the corner of the desk, he said.
Police searched Melnick and found a plastic orange prescription bottle for alprazolam, which he was prescribed on April 12 for 30 tablets. Instead, the bottle contained a clear plastic Ziploc baggie with five green pills and five white pills, police said. Melnick admitted the green pills were Klonopin and the white pins were acetaminophen/oxycodone hydrochloride — a schedule II narcotic.
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