Man Caught Trying to Steal Narcotics From Hospital

Man Caught Trying to Steal Narcotics From Hospital

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, N.M. - A Hobbs man was arrested over the weekend after he was caught trying to steal narcotics from Lea Regional Hospital.

42-year-old Patrick Richiusa is facing charges of embezzlement and trafficking a controlled substance.

Officers were called out to the hospital on Saturday afternoon.

An investigation revealed a coworker saw Richiusa trying to steal a used vile of Demerol.

When she confronted him, Richiusa said he was planning to sell the drug to the husband of another coworker to help him pay for child support.

According to the criminal complaint, he had been taking the bottles of used drugs for about a week.