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EMS Employee Charged With Stealing Medicine

Police are working to determine how long the thefts from ambulances had been happening.

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An EMS supervisor in Spencer is charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance.

A Spencer, Indiana, Emergency Medical Services employee is charged with stealing supplies from ambulances after being caught with a vial of Benadryl. State police began investigating potential theft from ambulances in Owen County after county EMS officials noticed inventory discrepancies.

Tuesday night, workers allegedly saw EMS supervisor Jason Corder going through an ambulance while off-duty. After Corder left, the workers found a vial of Benadryl missing. Spencer Police stopped Corder in his car with the Benadryl and transported him to Owen County Jail where State Police questioned and then arrested him. The 29-year-old is charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance. State police spokesman Curt Durnil says it appears Corder took the Benadryl and other supplies for personal use.

“There’s no indication right now that he was taking the Benadryl or whatever else was missing and selling it or dealing it or anything like that,” Durnil said.

Durnil says police are still looking into how long the theft may have gone on for and what Corder’s motive may have been.

Sara Wittmeyer

Sara Wittmeyer is the News Bureau Chief for WFIU and WTIU. Sara has more than a decade of experience as a news reporter and previously served with KBIA at the University of Missouri, WNKU at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY, and at WCPO News in Cincinnati.

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