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February 9, 2007

Police arrest Purdue employee on theft, drug charges

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue police on Thursday (Feb. 8) arrested a Purdue employee in connection with the theft of narcotics from the university's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Matthew J. Turk, 27, of Lafayette faces preliminary charges of theft and possession of a controlled substance. Turk has been employed

Turk is being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond, said police Capt. John Cox.

During an investigation into the theft of narcotics from the hospital, Turk told police that on multiple occasions he had taken controlled substances that are used to medicate animals before and during medical procedures, Cox said. 

Theft is a Class D felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000, and possession of a controlled substance is a Class C felony punishable by up to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Source: Capt. John Cox, (765) 494-8221

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

 

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