Man jailed after hospital pharmacy break-in


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A wheelchair user has been sentenced to three years in jail after he spent three hours looting a hospital pharmacy

Edward Grahovac, a man with a leg amputation, faced court this week on charges including possessing an unauthorised pistol, larceny, break and enter, two counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and having goods suspected of being stolen, reports the South Coast Register.

The court heard that Mr Grahovac had been at Shoalhaven Hospital on NSW’s South Coast, being treated for an injury to his foot, but was transferred to Wollongong Hospital.

On the night of November 24, 2018, just before 11.30pm, he was caught on security footage picking the lock of the pharmacy with a pair of scissors.

On entering the pharmacy, he triggered a security alert, but once inside, the hospital’s security officers were not able to access the pharmacy.

For the next three hours, Mr Grahovac rummaged through a range of medications, which meant that medicines worth more than $1800 needed to be destroyed.

According to the Register, when he finally left he took with him drugs including methadone, two vials of Pentothal 500mg powder, Clexane, and Ventolin.

He later tried to discharge himself from the hospital, at which police talked with him and searched his bag.

When asked about the Pentothal he claimed it was “Fentony,” which he self-injected daily, and said he had a valid prescription.

However as a pharmacist told police at the time, such administration of Pentothal would almost certainly be fatal.

The methadone bottle had had the prescribed name scratched off its label, and had already been administered. Mr Grahovac said the hospital had dispensed the drug to him, but the brand was not one used there.

On December 14, Mr Grahovac was spotted by a doctor in a park opposite St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, attempting to sell a stolen iPad as well as an iPhone he had stolen from a locked office at that hospital.

He was also charged with offences relating to a number of other stolen goods including a Sim card and BMW service card, and relating to the use of a stolen credit card to buy goods including a Fitbit and a quantity of tobacco.

Mr Grahovac was sentenced to three years’ jail, backdated to December 14, 2018, with a non-parole period of 18 months.

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