WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The state Senate on Monday passed a bill toughening the punishments for anyone caught breaking into a pharmacy to steal medication, and for those who ultimately receive the stolen property.
Under the engrossed version of the bill, anyone caught breaking and entering a pharmacy with intent to steal “controlled substances” would be guilty of a Class E Felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison. Currently it is a Class H, carrying punishment of four months to more than two years. The original bill had the punishment even tougher, three to ten years as a Class D Felony.
Anyone found guilty of receiving or possessing the stolen controlled substances would face between ten months and three-and-a-half years in prison as a Class F felony.
Senate Bill 151 now moves over to the state House.