Naperville woman accused of stealing drugs from assisted living facility
BY BILL BIRD email@example.com March 5, 2013 7:16PM
Naperville resident Christin E. Burns, 28, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and theft, for allegedly stealing prescription medication from an assisted living center in Naperville. Police said she is under investigation for similar thefts that have occurred there. | Courtesy of Naperville Police Department
Updated: April 7, 2013 1:28PM
A 28-year-old woman remains under investigation by Naperville police, after being arrested and charged with stealing prescription medication from the assisted living center where she worked.
Christin E. Burns lives on the 2700 block of Midland Drive, in the Brook Crossing area of far south Naperville. She is free on bond and awaiting trial in DuPage County Circuit Court on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and theft not exceeding $500, according to court records.
Burns was arrested about 8:34 p.m. Feb. 27 at Spring Meadows Naperville, at 504 N. River Road. The assisted living facility is just north of Ogden Avenue and near the Brookdale neighborhood on the city’s northwest side.
Police Sgt. Lou Cammiso said Burns stole “approximately 40 hydrocodone pills” while employed at the center. Hydrocodone, an opiate derived from codeine or thebaine, is used to treat pain and coughing.
Cammiso confirmed “there had been previous reports of thefts” from Spring Meadows Naperville in recent weeks. Written police reports revealed one such crime occurred on or shortly before Feb. 21, when an 86-year-old woman reported six hydrocodone pills were stolen from her room.
“The assumption is that (Burns) may be responsible for the others, but the detectives’ reports have not been submitted yet,” Cammiso wrote Tuesday in an e-mail. He said he could not discuss details of Burns’ post-arrest interrogation by police or whether she made a confession.
Spring Meadows Naperville provides “independent living, assisted living and memory care,” according to its website. Residents live in one- or two-bedroom units and are offered a host of services and amenities, the website indicated.
Court documents showed Burns was arrested in September 2008 by Villa Park police on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. A judge in July 2009 placed her on 18 months of supervision and ordered her to pay fines and legal fees.
Burns has no record in Kane County or Will County. She is scheduled to be arraigned on April 1.