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NYPD looks to GPS bottles to combat pill bandits

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NEW YORK (AP) —

The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips.

Police pharmacies to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves.

The New York Police Department believes the so-called “bait bottles” could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is expected to unveil the plan Tuesday at a La Quinta, Calif., conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton’s foundation.

In prepared remarks provided in advance of his appearance, Kelly says the initiative was prompted by a spate of high-profile crimes associated with the thriving black market for prescription drugs, including the slaying of four people on Long Island during a pharmacy holdup in 2011. He also cites the case of a retired NYPD officer who, after retiring with an injury and getting hooked on painkillers, began robbing drug stores at gunpoint.

Prescription drug abuse “can serve as a gateway to criminal activities, especially among young people,” the commissioner says. “When pills become too expensive, addicts are known to resort to cheaper drugs such as heroin and cocaine. They turn to crime to support their habit.”

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Snip: So what stops the thief from emptying the bottle into another  container, then tossing out the GPS bottles?

» 11 Comments

  1. ? everything

    January 16th, 2013

    the ? I would like answered is who under Obamacare will be able to afford their perscriptions eh?

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  2. Carlos The Jackal

    January 16th, 2013

    It must be great to come up with all these hairbrained “ideas” that someone else gets to pay for.
    Wish I had a job like that, but seriously coudn’t stand the self-loathing if I were a politician.

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  3. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 16th, 2013

    Yeah. Like any lib NYC judge is going to approve a search warrant for said robottles.

    This a just a scheme to enrich ambulance chasing trial lawyers.

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  4. WiscoDave

    January 16th, 2013

    How long would it take to repackage?
    “Hey Sarge! There must be a druggie sub out there!
    The GPS is showing the bottles are moving out to the ocean!”

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  5. Bandit

    January 16th, 2013

    Stocking mask: check
    Gun w lots o bullets: check
    Get away plan: check
    RFID Reader: check

    Nice fucking work. Reveal the bait before the chase.

    These Government asshole only want to catch the stupid one, the smart one are their colleagues.

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  6. msq

    January 16th, 2013

    Im watching bama speak on gun “control” and Im wondering how many bodies he is going to climb onto to make his point.

    shameless

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  7. Twellsy

    January 16th, 2013

    “So what stops the thief from emptying the bottle into another container, then tossing out the GPS bottles?” Really. Idiots!

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  8. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 16th, 2013

    @ msq – This many:

    http://patriotpost.us/editions/16306/

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  9. kvn

    January 16th, 2013

    Knowing this, the criminals will not immediately put the pills in a different container and dispose of the bottle in public. No, they will never think of that one.

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  10. persecutor

    January 16th, 2013

    Today, bait drug bottles, tomorrow, bait Big Gulp cups. Welcome to life in Bloombergistan, the Progressive Paradise on the Hudson.

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  11. Tim

    January 16th, 2013

    I thought it was against the law to steal from pharmacies in NYC … was I misinformed?

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