Police: man used prescription pad stolen in NYC to pass forged scripts in Herkimer
HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - A New Jersey man has been charged authorities say he was trying to pass a forged prescription at a Herkimer Rite Aid.
Herkimer Police say that around 7 p.m. on December 27, they received a call from an employee at the pharmacy who suspected a forged prescription was being passed. The employee told police they recalled reading a notification from the New York Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement that had advised of a doctor's prescription pad being stolen from the New York City area.
The employee told police that a man, later identified as Chad T. Hooks, 24, of Bergenfield, New Jersey had passed several of these stolen scripts to the pharmacy for prescription pain killers and other medications.
Police said when Hooks saw the clerk making a phone call to confirm the stolen status of the prescription, he fled the store. A Rite Aid employee followed Hooks outside and observed him entering a waiting van nearby, after which the van fled east out of Herkimer.
Area police agencies were alerted with the van's description and Little Falls Police stopped this vehicle a short time later. Officers from Herkimer responded to Little Falls and took Hooks into custody.
While searching the van, police said they located more prescriptions and a loaded handgun belonging to Hooks.
The driver of the van said he was a New York City taxi cab driver and had picked up Hooks in New York City.
Hooks was charged in Herkimer with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arraigned in Herkimer Court and sent to jail in lieu of $10,000 Cash and $30,000 Bond.
Little Falls Police have filed a Warrant of Arrest for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
He is scheduled to return to Herkimer Court on January 9.