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Posted on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

Belleville woman pleads guilty to breaking in to Saline pharmacy

By Kody Klein


Tammy Hopkins

Courtesy of WCSO

One of the three suspects accused of breaking into a Saline pharmacy early on Nov. 17 pleaded guilty on March 4.

Tammy Hopkins, 41, was accused of breaking into Jensen’s Community Pharmacy, 968 E. Michigan Ave, along with two men to steal prescription pills for urinary problems, headaches and anxiety.

Hopkins was arraigned Jan. 25 and charged with a single count of breaking and entering with intent to commit a crime. The three suspects did not take any cash or Schedule II narcotics.

Judge Darlene O'Brien scheduled sentencing for April 1.



Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 6:36 p.m.

I highly doubt she intended to steal medications for urinary problems. Sounds more like they just started grabbing bottles off the shelves. I personally go to Jensen's Community Pharmacy and the pharmacist has given me more information than most of these articles combined. Why doesn't ever talk to the places of business when these things happen?

Milton Shift

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 8:37 p.m.

Yes, I know what you said. But your comparison was apples and oranges. By definition there will be more people in a position of risk than who die from that risk. Shall we compare the number of people who at risk of dying in a car crash with the number who die from heart attacks? That would lead us to conclude that the automobile is a greater threat than heart disease.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 9:36 p.m.

I said drug abuse not deaths from drug abuse. In 2010 approximately 7 million people were abusing drugs. ( But I like how you ignored everything else I stated. Also, the urinary drug she stole was to stop you from going frequently. Don't think you'll die of peeing too much.

Milton Shift

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 7:43 p.m. Cause of death (Data from 2009 unless otherwise noted) Lack of Health Insurance (2005) 44,789 Drug Overdose (2010) 38,329


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 5:27 p.m.

There are far more people abusing drugs than dying from the lack thereof. ( The intent of my original comment was that doesn't seem like they care to report anything else except that she's going to trial and nothing of the other two men involved in the crime. And definitely nothing about whether that is what they intended to steal. So much sympathy for the criminals and yet nothing for the victims. Oh, you thought this was victimless? Tell that to the small business owner who has to pay the deductable on their insurance, the broken window, and the replacement of stock.

Milton Shift

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:09 a.m.

Yep, and they die as a result. As of a few years ago, the number was 27,000 deaths every year due to lack of access to health care in the US. That's several times that of all illegal drugs combined.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 8:49 p.m.

You say don't be sure, but how can you be sure that what you're stating is the actual reasoning? doesn't allow speculating yet they don't provide enough information for anyone to do anything else. Sure those pills CAN cost a lot but there are always other options, and nothing stats that what they did steal was actually expensive. There are plenty of people that can't afford to go to the doctor yet they don't resort to breaking into businesses.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 8:11 p.m.

Those pills can cost $400 for 90 of them, don;t be so sure. Too bad she just did not have the money to see some doctors and get the meds legally


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

There is indeed a fine line between pity and contempt. The headline/photo put me on the contempt side; the details in the article have me tending towards pity.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 12:03 p.m.

Your reporting of this story is poor at best. You never mention the names of the 2 men involved or their status.

Milton Shift

Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 10:45 a.m.

This sounds like a poverty crime - couldn't afford the medications. You can bet your bottom dollar if she was after abusable drugs, the cops would be blaring horns from the rooftops screaming about their decisive victory in the brave battle against addiction, and how they delivered a crushing blow to the enemy by keeping 50 pills worth $5 million off the street, saving thousands of lives, and how the Drug War will soon be over - assuming we finally let them put the whole country in prison, nuking the borders until they are so radioactive that those who dare to cross the wastelands suffer instant death. And then nuking the prisons, too. And then themselves.


Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : midnight

Look at the picture kids. That's why you stay away from drugs.

Milton Shift

Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 10:49 a.m.

She looks like she was crying.