Woman charged with larceny

Authorities charged a Clear Brook woman on Saturday with possession of prescription painkillers and grand larceny.

Maj. Scott Proctor, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said Beth Ann Roberts, 21, of Brucetown Road, has been accused of entering a woman’s house in Toms Brook under false pretenses and taking more than $200 worth of hydrocodone.

Hydrocodone is a Schedule II drug under the Drug Enforcement Agency’s drug scheduling system.

According to the victim’s account, Roberts entered the home around noon Sept. 14 and asked if the victim needed any work done around the house. The victim declined, at which point Roberts asked to use the bathroom.

“(Roberts) asked permission to use the bathroom, and the victim obliged,” Proctor said. “Upon leaving, the victim discovered the pills were missing from the bathroom area.”

There is no reported relationship between Roberts and the victim, Proctor said.

Proctor clarified Roberts entered the house with another person who has not been charged with any crimes related to the incident.

After the victim alerted the Sheriff’s Office, deputies obtained a warrant for Roberts’ arrest and executed the warrant Oct. 1. She has since been released on a $2,500 secured bond.

According to Proctor, this is not the first incident regarding the theft of prescription pills in the area. He said it falls in line with an opioid abuse problem tearing its way around the country.

“Unfortunately, prescription pills across the nation have been highly abused and it affects all classes of citizens,” he said.

Roberts is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District court at 11 a.m. Oct. 21.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.