Three arrested after police say they tried to steal drugs from Edmond Police Department lobby

Three people were arrested Friday after police say they tried to steal prescription drugs from a drug disposal box in the lobby of the Edmond Police Department.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm •  Published: May 9, 2014
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Three people were arrested Friday after police say they tried to steal prescription drugs from a drug disposal box in the lobby of the Edmond Police Department.

On Friday afternoon, Matthew Waller, 27, and Hollie Andress, 22, walked into the Edmond Police Department lobby and reached into an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics drug disposal box that’s in the lobby and pulled out a shopping bag with pill bottles inside it, Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said.

The box is one of a number of similar boxes Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control officials place in law enforcement offices around the state where residents may drop off unwanted prescription medications.

Waller took the sack into a restroom in the lobby of the police department, where Andress’ father, Richard Andress, 54, followed him, police said.

Later, Hollie and Richard Andress came to the department’s records desk and asked for a police report, Monroe said. While the two blocked the window, Waller reached into the drug disposal box, pulled several pill bottles out and placed them in Hollie Andress’ purse, Monroe said.

A jailer monitoring security surveillance video saw Waller reach into the box and came into the lobby to detain him, Monroe said. Waller was arrested and booked at the Oklahoma County jail. His bail had not been set Friday evening.

Richard and Hollie Andress also were arrested when video showed they were involved, Monroe said. They hadn’t been booked Friday afternoon.

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