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Posted on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

One member of trio accused of breaking into Saline pharmacy sentenced to probation

By Kyle Feldscher

The woman who pleaded guilty to breaking into Jensen's Community Pharmacy in Saline last year will serve two years of probation while one of the men also charged in the case awaits sentencing.

Tammy Hopkins, 41, pleaded guilty on March 4 to one count of breaking and entering a building with intent to commit a crime. On Monday, Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O'Brien sentenced her to two years of probation.


Tammy Hopkins

Courtesy of WCSO

James Gallagher, Hopkins' attorney, told O'Brien his client was sorry for what she did and was ready to move on.

“Ms. Hopkins is regretful for this and wants to get on with her life,” he said.

In addition to the probation sentence, Hopkins was ordered to attend rehab, either out-patient or in-patient, and must abstain from alcohol and drugs. She's also required to pay more than $2,400 in fines and costs.

Hopkins, Leroy Evans and Jamie Lawson were charged with the Nov. 17 break-in at Jensen's, 968 E. Michigan Ave. The three people were charged with working with another man to do pharmacy break-ins across southeastern Michigan. The fourth man was not charged in the Jensen's incident.

During the Jensen's break-in, prescription pills for urinary problems, headaches and anxiety were reported stolen.

Evans pleaded no contest to one charge of breaking and entering a building with intent to commit a crime on March 25. He'll be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. April 22, court records show.

Lawson faces a pretrial hearing in the case at 1:30 p.m. on April 18. He's also charged with unlawful driving away of an automobile from an April 1, 2012, incident in Washtenaw County and assault with a dangerous weapon and send-degree retail fraud in Pittsfield Township from an April 27, 2012, incident.

The trio still faces charges in Monroe County for pharmacy break-ins in that area. All three remain in police custody.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Fri, Apr 5, 2013 : 11:13 p.m.

I'm so glad she didn't get any jail time. She looks like a little girl that needs lots of Hugs.


Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 7:44 p.m.

If she's sorry, I'm the pope.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

$2,400 in fines and costs, gee, that could brought many doctor visits and meds from the pharmacist. Goes to show crime doesn't pay. I wish her well in Rehab. Glad to see no jail time for her.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 4:07 p.m.

The lesson's clear, at least in Saline: When drugs for urinary problems are outlawed, only outlaws will have urinary problems.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

Meds for urinary problems can cost $400 for 90 days supply.

music to my ear

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 4:28 p.m.

___ iss on that one

Basic Bob

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:33 p.m.

I see why our state taxes are so high. Everyone wants major sentences applied to minor crimes. Our law-and-order politicians (Republicans and "progressives", too) are happy to indulge them to curry favor at the polls. Go ahead, ruin some lives, you are paying to support them one way or another.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 5:46 p.m.

Its why our economy is in the dump also. People get locked up, they get taken out of society, their home goes up for sale, their kids grow up without both parents. Detroit is a fine example of what happens. Lock everybody up and then wounder why nobody wants to live there. Meanwhile other country cites like Toronto are going so strong, home prices average around $800,000 for a downtown condo. Cops over there don't go around locking everybody up, they allow "stuff" to go on and wealth increases. Vapor Central is technically illegal since weed is illegal to use, yet the business takes in over 1 million in revenue by having a place young people can hangout and puff up. 5 years its been open now and never raid or shut down. Want a condo near by, expect to pay 1 million or more for it.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

I would rather pay for them in jail. Best rehab for someone that old, besides we didn't ruin her life she did that herself. What are you saying? only jail for murder? whats major crime to you? Do the crime...Do the Time Oh yeah, Im not a LEO fan,Republican or progressive. I am sick of crooks getting a wrist slap so they can rob some more.

zip the cat

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:08 p.m.

I see Judge Darlene O'Brien took over right where Melinda Morris left off. We got rid of One probation judge and now we got another. She's sorry she did a B@E and wants to move on ,bull. She's sorry she got caught

Just Be Nice

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:04 p.m.

Hopkins is sorry? Sorry she was caught. This sentence is discouraging. A slap on the wrist. Hope the others receive a sentence that better fits the crime.

music to my ear

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 4:26 p.m.

now now just be nice!!!!!! lets just hope rehab works and she can get on with her life. she is one lucky cookie.