A woman from far south Naperville has been ordered to perform community service work and undergo counseling, for illegally obtaining prescription medication last winter from the assisted living center where she worked.
Christin E. Burns lives on the 2700 block of Midland Drive in Naperville’s Brook Crossing neighborhood. She was arrested Feb. 27 at the Spring Meadows Naperville assisted living facility, at 504 N. River Road on the city’s northwest side.
Burns, 29, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, according to records on file in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton. A companion charge of theft was dismissed in exchange for her plea, records indicated.
Judge John J. Kinsella on Wednesday accepted Burns’ plea, records showed. He ordered her to perform 60 hours of public service work, undergo narcotics abuse counseling and submit to random drug testing, and placed her on two years of first-time drug offender probation, according to records.
Naperville police Sgt. Lou Cammiso in February said Burns amassed “approximately 40 hydrocodone pills” while working at Spring Meadows. Hydrocodone is an opiate derived from codeine or thebaine, and is typically used to treat pain and coughing.
“There had been previous reports of thefts” of medication from Spring Meadows residents, Cammiso said. Written police reports indicated one such crime occurred on or shortly before Feb. 21, when an 86-year-old woman reported six of the pills were taken from her room.
Cammiso said he could not discuss details of Burns’ post-arrest police interview or whether she confessed to any of the crimes.
An examination of court records showed Burns was arrested in September 2008 by Villa Park police for driving under the influence. She was later convicted in that case and placed on 18 months of court supervision.