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Man charged with forging prescriptions

July 18, 2012
By Brad Johnson - Senior Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

An Elkins man was arrested Monday for allegedly forging prescriptions for painkillers, police said.

Eddie Ray Collins, 20, of 290 Patricia Ave., was charged with burglary and forgery, both felonies. Bond was set at $25,000, cash only, by Magistrate George M. Riggleman in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

A warrant was issued for Collins in April, but an incident he reported to police last weekend led officers to him, according to the criminal complaint.

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On April 12, Lt. S.D. Richards of the Elkins Police Department investigated a call from Fast and Friendly Pharmacy on Harrison Avenue. Pharmacy representatives said they had received "several fraudulent prescriptions previously stolen from Dr. William San Pablo's office several months before," the complaint states.

Pharmacy personnel said that Collins, whose name was on the prescriptions, picked up the five 120-count bottles of 325 milligram Percocet tablets on April 12, according to the complaint. Police said San Pablo informed them that Collins had "never (been) a patient."

Collins had not been arrested on the warrant, but at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, he called the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police about an incident in the Journeez Bar parking lot in Elkins, according to the criminal complaint.

Collins told officers that a bottle had been thrown at his truck parked in the lot, and when he came outside the bar, he saw several individuals running toward the Econo Lodge, Trooper J.J. Cornelius wrote.

Cornelius noted that there were two cracks in Collins' windshield. Collins gave the trooper a room number where he said the people who threw the bottle at his truck were at in the Econo Lodge, according to the complaint.

Officers found the motel room door had been forcibly opened, with the door dented and the door jamb damaged, Cornelius wrote.

Cornelius and Trooper C.E. Elliott questioned the people in the room, all of whom denied throwing a bottle. They said the door had been kicked in and a man entered with a baseball bat "demanding to know who threw a bottle at his truck," the complaint states.

The officers also spoke with Coach Brett Buchanan, who said "four or five individuals (were) trying to kick in the players' doors," the complaint states.

Buchanan is the head coach for the Beckley American Legion baseball team. The Beckley 14-year-old Babe Ruth team played in the state tournament in Elkins Saturday.

Buchanan said he spoke with the men kicking at the doors and got them calmed down, except for Collins, who he said was holding a baseball bat and remained agitated, police said.

Questioned by the officers, Collins said he did not kick in the door, but did say he told the "occupants of the room to 'man up' and admit what happened," Cornelius wrote.

Collins was being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.



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