Two accused of stealing nursing home drugs for Vegas trip
SLIDELL - Police charged a former teacher and a Slidell nursing home director with trying to steal prescription drugs as part of a scheme to sell them and run off to Las Vegas.
Slidell Police arrested 36-year-old Patrick Lampard and 46-year-old Bonnie Pritchard for possessing drugs with the intent to sell them on Friday.
Investigators said police went to the pair's home Friday on a medical call. While they were there investigators said they found prescription drugs intended for patients at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, packaged in baggies and prepared for sale.
Narcotics detectives questioned Lampard, the former director of nursing for Heritage Manor, and Pritchard, a former teacher at Abney Elementary School. Investigators said they both admitted to taking part in a scheme to steal medication from the nursing home and sell the drugs in order to pay off an outstanding debt and cover a trip to Las Vegas.
"Both of these individuals were in positions that require honesty and integrity," said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith. "They violated the public's trust and will now have to face the consequences of their actions."
Police booked Lampard and Pritchard into the St. Tammany Parish jail. Investigators said more charges could be coming for them as the investigation continues.