Thursday December 29, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- A pharmacy technician who allegedly stole more than 200 prescription pills from her employer was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to four charges, including a felony, and was released on personal recognizance.

Rebecca Goebel, 23, a pharmacy technician at the Stop & Shop Pharmacy on Merrill Road in Pittsfield, was allegedly busted by the store's head pharmacist, who said he found 56 painkillers and sedatives in her pockets.

Pharmacist Don Moulton witnessed Goebel slipping drugs into her pockets Tuesday morning while she was on duty at the store, police said. He and another pharmacist took Goebel into a back room, found the pills and called the Pittsfield Police, according to court documents.

Police said they later found more than 200 pills in Goebel's purse, including muscle relaxers, painkillers and sedatives.

Goebel was a pharmacy technician, a person who is allowed to do several pharmacy-related jobs, but is not a licensed pharmacist, and had been employed at the Stop & Shop for about a year, according to court documents.

Goebel, of Forest Place in Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to single counts of larceny of a drug, a felony, and possession of class B, C and E drugs, which are misdemeanors.

Goebel was released on her own recognizance by Judge Rita S. Koenigs and is scheduled to be back in court Feb. 9. She is represented by attorney Jessica Byrne.