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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Caretaker charged with stealing bed-ridden woman's pills

Hernando Today staff report

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SPRING HILL - A Spring Hill caretaker was arrested Sunday after police say he filled a disabled woman's Oxycodone prescription and attempted to sell the painkillers.

Terry Allen Brunnet, 39, of Bentley Ave., was arrested on charges of larceny, drug trafficking, criminal neglect of a disabled person, destroying evidence, and using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony, jail records show.

An arrest report shows on March 1, Brunnet removed a prescription for 120 Oxycodone HCL 10 mg pills from the bed-ridden woman's purse, and had the prescription filled.

Brunnet later provided deputies a written statement saying he is the disabled woman's caretaker, and had her consent to fill the prescription, according to the report.

The victim also provided a written statement saying she never gave Brunnet permission to fill her prescription, the report shows.

The address where the alleged crime took place was not released to protect the alleged victim's medical privacy.

Deputies searched Brunnet's phone and found several messages relating to the sale of Hydrocodone, and some of the messages were dated after the prescription was filled, according to the report.

"(Brunnet) provided several versions of events as to what happened to the pills," the arresting deputy wrote in the report. "During his final statement, he advised that the pills may have accidentally gone through the washing machine, and he provided me with the empty bottle of Oxycodone which was filled with soapy water."

Brunnet was held at Hernando County Jail on $57,000 bond, the report shows.

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