Crime Alert Issued About Attempted Medication Thefts
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and some cities in Hennepin County have issued crime alerts regarding attempted thefts of medications.
According to the crime alert, sent out Monday by the City of Richfield, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has received reports of a person or persons falsely representing themselves as employees of the Hennepin County Drug Collection Program or the EPA. The persons are contacting families of recently deceased people and offering to pick up their unused medications.
Some of the incidents reported include the victim being contacted by phone in order to set a pick-up time. The suspect then showed up at the scheduled time and identified himself as with the Hennepin County Drug Collection Program. When asked for ID, the suspect said he was a medical student volunteering for the program.
The suspect is described as a white, college-aged male with a neatly trimmed beard. He was seen driving an older model silver Jeep.
Hennepin County does not send people to collect unused medications nor schedules pickup times at people's homes. If you get a call or receive a visit from someone claiming to do this, call 911 or your local police department.
Hennepin County has three drop boxes where unused medications can be disposed of. They're located at the Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, Hennepin County Emergency Services Division Headquarters and the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Water Patrol Unit.