Pleas entered in pharmacy burglaries

BY STACI WILSON

A Lawton man admitted in Susquehanna County Court Friday to burglarizing pharmacies in three counties and stealing narcotics last year.

Derek Stang, 20, pleaded guilty to three felony counts of burglary in front of President Judge Kenneth Seamans. Cases from Bradford and Sullivan counties were transferred toSusquehannaCountyfor prosecution.

Stang admitted he, along with various co-defendants, broke into Miller’s Pharmacy, Wyalusing on Sept. 23, 2011; the Dushore Pharmacy, Dushore on Oct. 25, 2011; and the Medical Arts Pharmacy, Montrose on Oct. 26, 2011.

District Attorney Jason Legg told the court that nearly 3,500 pills, including Vicodin, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone were taken in the three break-ins.

As part of a plea agreement, Stang will serve nine to 23-1/2 months in the Susquehanna County Correctional Facility and pay his portion of restitution owed in the cases.

He is scheduled to appear for sentencing on June 21.

In addition to Stang, Ian Ball, 24, Montrose; Benjamin Ball, 23, Meshoppen; Ashley Hemenway and a juvenile male were also charged in connection with the burglaries.

Burglary, theft and drug are currently pending against Ian Ball inSusquehannaCountyin connection break-in at Miller’s Pharmacy. He is currently being held in the county jail and awaiting trial in a separate burglary case.

Benjamin Ball was sentenced to serve 46 days to 18 months on one count of criminal mischief inSullivanCountyon Feb. 17 for his role in the Dushore incident. He also pleaded guilty May 17 inWyomingCountyto conspiracy burglary and is awaiting sentencing.

Hemenway was pleaded guilty inSullivanCountyto conspiracy to criminal mischief and was sentenced to a probationary sentence of 18 months.