Man sentenced in pharmacy heists

BY STACI WILSON

A 25-year-old Montrose area man was sentenced Thursday for his role in two drugstore burglaries in Susquehanna County Court.

Ian Ball was also issued sentences in three other cases – a felony drug possession with intent to deliver; receiving stolen property; and theft by unlawful taking.

All of the cases, said his attorney Public Defender Linda LaBarbera at the hearing, stemmed from a drug problem he has worked to overcome during his incarceration since his October 2011 arrest.

District Attorney Jason Legg told the court that Ball had been instrumental in helping police solve a number of open cases, including some in which he was not involved.

Prior to being sentenced, Ball told the court he was now “clean and sober.”

“I realize the problem I was for myself, my family and the community,” Ball said. “I will do my best to be a changed person.”

LaBarbera said Ball has completed a drug and alcohol program and has made attending AA meetings a top priority.

She also warned that there were a number of other people, some co-defendants in some of the cases, that Ball needed to avoid associating with after his release.

Ball was sentenced to serve eight to 23 months for the Sept. 23, 2011 burglary of Miller’s Pharmacy in Wyalusing. Vicodin and oxycodone were taken from theBradfordCountypharmacy. He was also ordered to pay $518.42 in restitution to the business and to have no contact with co-defendant Derek Stang, who is awaiting sentencing on burglary counts in Susquehanna County Court.

Ball was also sentenced to serve a concurrent eight to 23 month sentence for possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance stemming from the Oct. 2, 2011 incident that led to his arrest.

Police found Ball with 230 hydrocodone pills in a vehicle parked in the parking lot of a Bridgewater Twp. bar.

Probationary sentences, which will also run concurrent with the jail time, were handed down by the judge on the theft and receiving stolen property counts.

Ball was also sentenced to serve four years probation, following his release from prison, for the Sept. 6, 2011 Lenox Pharmacy burglary of 1000 Vicodin tablets. He was also ordered not to have contact with co-defendants in the case, Chris Race and Ezra Decker.

Judge Seamans commended Ball’s sobriety efforts. “It appears you are trying to make some strides in your life,” he said.