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  • Police: N.J. man tried to fill forged prescription at local Rite Aid

  • A New Jersey man was arrested in Herkimer County last week after allegedly attempting to fill a forged prescription at a local pharmacy, police said.

    Herkimer police were called by a Rite Aid Pharmacy employee at about 7 p.m. on Dec. 27 after the employee noticed a prescription the store received was suspicious.

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  • A New Jersey man was arrested in Herkimer County last week after allegedly attempting to fill a forged prescription at a local pharmacy, police said.
    Herkimer police were called by a Rite Aid Pharmacy employee at about 7 p.m. on Dec. 27 after the employee noticed a prescription the store received was suspicious.
    The pad the prescription was written on matched the description of one reported stolen in New York City by the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, police said.
    When the employee called to check on the status of the prescription, the man who had tried to fill it fled the store and got into a waiting van that headed east out of Herkimer, police said.
    Little Falls police later stopped the van and took 24-year-old Chad Hooks, of Bergenfield, N.J., into custody, police said.
    More prescriptions and a loaded handgun belonging to Hooks allegedly were found in the van as well.
    The driver identified himself as a New York City taxi driver who had picked Hooks up in the city and driven him upstate, police said.
    Hooks is charged with four counts of felony second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was arraigned in Herkimer Village Court and was sent to Herkimer County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $30,000 bail bond, police said.
    Little Falls police also have filed a warrant of arrest for felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
    Hooks will return to court on Jan. 9.
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