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Pharmacy employee gets probation for drug theft

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She gets 12-month sentence for stealing pain killers

By Lisa King

 

A longtime employee of Shelby County’s oldest drug store who was charged with stealing painkillers from the pharmacy has been given probation. Lynn L. Bingman, 59, of 528 Ponder Drive in Shelbyville was arrested in June and charged with theft of controlled substances from Smith-McKenney Pharmacy in Village Plaza, where she had worked for 25 years. Police said she stole hydrocodone pills valued at more than $1,000, but the exact number of pills taken is unknown. The charge against her was a Class D felony, punishable by 1 to 5 years in prison. Bingman pleaded guilty to that charge and received a sentence of 12 months probation when she went before District Court Judge Linda Armstrong. Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said that when Bingman was arrested in June, pharmacy officials had called the police about three weeks earlier to inform them they had drugs missing. When police went to the pharmacy and asked Bingman to come down to the police station, she gave a recorded confession to detectives Stacy Bruce and Jesse Paulley. Bingman started stealing the drugs in November or December and was recorded on the drug store’s video surveillance camera. Schutte said she told police she took the drugs for pain she was suffering because of an injury she had sustained. “She said she had an accident at home and became dependant on the medication,” he said. Bingman is no longer employed at the pharmacy.