June 10, 2023
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Public Safety investigates medication thefts

Ithaca College and the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the larceny of medication from the Hammond Health Center at the end of last semester.

Terri Stewart, director of Public Safety and Emergency Management, said Public Safety is continuing to look into the larceny, collaborating with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office. The New York State Department of Health is taking the lead in the criminal investigation because the theft involves medication. In addition, the college is conducting an internal audit of the Health Center to ensure that the proper protocols were followed.

On Dec.19, Rory Rothman, senior associate vice president for student affairs and campus life, issued an Intercom announcement to inform the campus of the theft.

Dave Maley, associate director of media relations, said the college would not release the date of the larceny, the type or the amount of medications taken from the Health Center.

“Part of the investigation seeks to determine the answers to some of these questions and part of the investigation can’t disclose some of the information because it might lead to compromising the investigation itself,” Maley said.

When asked if there were any leads in the case, Stewart said she was unable to comment on the ongoing investigation. However, she said the larceny didn’t pose a threat to the campus.

“There was no indication that the larceny of the prescription medications has made any threats to members of the campus community, and thus far in the investigation this is true,” Stewart said.

The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment.