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Pharmacy tech charged with stealing pills

COVINGTON - A pharmacy technician at Newton Medical Center was arrested last week and charged with stealing pain medicine.

According to Detective Daniel Seals, spokesman for the Covington Police Department, the suspect, Jennifer Lynn Bergmeier, 26, of 1325 Mountain Drive, Conyers, took 3,000 pills of Tramadol from the hospital's pharmacy.

"They were noticing a shortage in the pills but didn't know who (was taking the medicine), and through investigative methods, they were able to determine it was her," he said.

Seals said he confronted Bergmeier with the allegations on Wednesday and she admitted to

taking the pain killers.

"She was very straight and forthcoming," he said.

Bergmeier has been charged with one felony count of theft by taking and has since been released from the Newton County Detention Center.

According to a Web site, Tramadol is an extended release tablet used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is not currently covered under the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

Seals characterized the medicine as a "light" pain killer and indicated that a person who abuses it would have to take quite a few at one time to achieve the desired effect.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.