NORTH WEBSTER — A North Webster woman is facing charges after allegedly stealing narcotics from two separate ambulances.
Gina Marie Hollingsworth, 50, 735 S. Lefern St., North Webster is being charged with possession of a narcotic, a level 6 felony, and theft, a class A misdemeanor, after witnesses saw her near North Webster EMS around the time narcotics were discovered missing.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on March 10 an officer with the North Webster Police Department took a report from North Webster Fire/EMS of two missing narcotics boxes, #10 and #12, from two separate ambulances, Medic 78 and Medic 79 respectively.
The Lieutenant of the North Webster EMS reported that the boxes contained miscellaneous drugs, specifically Hydromorphone and Fentanyl, both schedule II narcotics.
The affidavit states that it was advised box #10 was last known to be on Medic 78 on March 10 at 8:30 a.m., and box #12 on Medic 79 on March 9 at 8:46 a.m.
A male subject working on Medic 78 had seen Hollingsworth, a former employee, March 10. He stated he heard the alley and bay door open and close and saw a female exit the building. When he went outside he saw Hollingsworth standing next to her vehicle. Hollingsworth had a training manual with her and they went inside the building.
A female subject who also works on Medic 78 was dispatched to a call at 6:16 p.m. that evening. When she went to administer narcotics to a patient she found box #10 missing.
According to the affidavit, the male subject then called medics on Medic 79 and asked if they were missing narcotics. It was at this time box #12 was discovered missing.
When the investigating officer questioned Hollingsworth about the missing narcotics, she advised she had been at the North Webster Fire/EMS to drop off the training manual and merely peeked inside of the bay but did not enter. The affidavit states that Hollingsworth then continued to change her story several times before admitting she had entered Medic 78 and “possibly” entered Medic 79.
The affidavit continues saying Hollingsworth stated she knew the codes to combination locks and security keys that gave access to the narcotics, which were verified to have not been changed since her employment four years prior.
Hollingsworth was arrested on the charges and booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on $5,250 surety and cash bond.