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'Opiate addict' skips court hearing

Aaron Krause • Nov 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

A self-proclaimed "opiate addict" who has admitted to stealing prescription drugs from two elderly neighbors skipped her court hearing on Friday.

Amanda R. Rickgauer, 25, of 1121 Sandusky St., Plymouth, has until 1 p.m. Monday to appear in court. If she does not, a warrant will be issued for her arrest, Huron County Common Pleas Court Administrator Linda Stower said.

Rickgauer, who was released from jail on her own recognizance, was charged with a felony count of possession of drugs and first-degree misdemeanor theft.

Police went to Rickgauer's home, where her husband accused his wife of stealing prescription drugs from a neighbor, police said. The 84-year-old neighbor said Rickgauer came to his house with her son and asked if her son could use his bathroom.

Afterward, the victim said his pills were missing from the shelf near his toilet, police said.

Rickgauer admitted to going to the victim's house, but initially denied taking the drugs. The suspect gave a police officer permission to search her purse. The officer, in his report, said a prescription bottle came out of the purse when he dumped out the contents and the bottle contained 32 Paroxetin pills and six Ativan pills.

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