Former office cleaner accused of stealing cash, drugs from dentist

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PITTSFIELD — A city couple are accused of breaking into a Merrill Road dental office and stealing cash and drugs.

Shawn Chapin, 37, was a former employee of a company responsible for the cleaning of the office and knew the code for a lockbox containing the building key, according to a report authored by Pittsfield Police Patrol Officer Brandon M. Gallagher.

Witnesses who were parked outside of the Aspen Dental building on the night of April 1 saw two people, later identified through a photo lineup as Chapin and Kara M. Wilson, 32, open the door with a key and enter.

Through the glass windows, witnesses were able to see the pair walk through the building and open drawers before exiting and driving off.

The witnesses, both employees of Aspen Dental, waited about 10 minutes then entered the building themselves to find drawers and lockers open, money missing from the cash drawer and the drug cabinet unlocked before contacting police.

The witnesses also provided police with the license plate number of the vehicle in which the pair left. That plate number came back as registered to Wilson.

In addition to $74 in cash, the pair allegedly stole midazolam and ketamine — both anesthetics — and dexamethasone, a type of steroid medication, police said.

A police interview with the owner of the cleaning company said Chapin used to clean the office for about six months, but was no longer working for the company.

The owner told police Chapin was only one of two people who knew the code for the lockbox containing the building key, but there was no reason for him to enter the building.

Police requested warrants for the pair and placed both under arrest Monday evening.

The pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to three counts of larceny of a drug and one count each of nighttime felony breaking and entering and larceny from a building.

Judge William Rota released them on personal recognizance and ordered them to return to court May 17 for pretrial hearings.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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