Drug defendant agrees to outpatient drug program

Cary Ashby • Jan 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A Bellevue man must complete an outpatient drug program to avoid a conviction.

If Andrew M. Burgess, 22, of 11012 Knauss Road, completes the program, there will be no conviction on his record. Burgess, who is out on a $10,000 bond, was eligible for treatment in lieu of conviction because he has no previous convictions, the offense wasn't violent and he hasn't been through a similar program.

The theft of drugs charge relates to a June 18 incident. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said Burgess was at an acquaintance's house in Bellevue when she caught him stealing some Zanax from her bathroom.

"He gave it back to her at that time. He joked that he was just kidding," Kasper said.

The homeowner put the drugs back in her medicine cabinet, but she reported the Zanax and some Ultram were missing that night. Officers with the Bellevue Police Department interviewed Burgess about a week later at the station.

Burgess admitted to being at the victim's house, he'd "been crushing and snorting" the drugs and stolen them to prevent someone else from doing so, Kasper said. About a week after the theft, the victim found the prescription bottles on her front stoop with half of the pills in them.

"She had told law enforcement who she thought stole the drugs and law enforcement got in touch with him that day," Kasper said.

Burgess will be on three years of intensive probation.

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