Negele and Siegrist: House passes local legislatorsí bill to reduce pharmacy robberies

Posted by: Zach Weismiller & Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, February 14, 2017 3:15 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2017) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted today in support of State Reps. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) and Sally Siegrist’s (R-West Lafayette) bill to help reduce the number of drug store robberies in Indiana.

“With Indiana’s growing drug epidemic, it’s important the General Assembly takes steps to target dealers and keep illegal prescription drugs off our streets,” Negele said. “By increasing penalties for drug store robberies, we can better protect pharmacy staff while working to reduce the number of thefts and violent acts involved.”

Indiana currently leads the nation in pharmacy robberies, with 175 incidents occurring in 2015. House Bill 1312 would increase the penalty for stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy to a Level 4 felony. If a deadly weapon is used or bodily harm is inflicted on another person during the robbery, the offense would be raised to a Level 2 felony. If the robbery results in serious bodily harm, the offense would become a Level 1 felony.

“Taking preventative measures to combat Indiana’s drug epidemic, like increasing the penalties for pharmacy robberies, will only help in the fight against both drug dealing and abuse,” Siegrist said. “We not only need to look at keeping the staff of the pharmacies safe, but also at ways to reduce the amount of prescription drugs being used and sold illegally.”

This bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents all of Benton County, and portions of
Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.

A high-resolution photo of Negele can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Sally Siegrist (R-West Lafayette) represents portions of Tippecanoe County.

 A high-resolution photo of Siegrist can be downloaded by clicking here.