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October 12, 2012

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FBI in Philly reports theft of new $100 notes

PHILADELPHIA — The FBI is reporting an unusual heist of some newly designed $100 bills that aren't going into circulation until next year.

Agent Frank Burton Jr. says the cash was stolen from a plane that arrived at Philadelphia International Airport around 10:25 a.m. Thursday from Dallas.

Investigators said these Benjamins are easy to spot. The new bills have sophisticated elements to thwart counterfeiters, like a disappearing Liberty Bell in an orange inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon.

The FBI said a "large amount" of bills were stolen, but agents aren't giving specifics.

The theft was reported by a courier service transporting the C-notes when the shipment arrived Thursday afternoon at the Federal Reserve Building in East Rutherford, N.J. Officials then discovered some of the money was missing.

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AG alleges pharmacist took 37K pills from work

HARRISBURG — A pharmacist was accused Friday of stealing more than $20,000 worth of prescription drugs, mostly the painkiller hydrocodone, from the south-central Pennsylvania grocery store where he worked.

The state attorney general's office charged Phillip A. Henkel, 60, of Millersville, with two felony drug charges and one count of felony theft.

Prosecutors said Henkel gave away about $3,000 worth of drugs and took drugs for himself, and that he stole other things from the Weis Markets store in the town of Willow Street, including cash and merchandise.

"Henkel advised while working at Weis he was a loose cannon," wrote William J. Delgado, an investigator with the attorney general's office, in a court affidavit. "Henkel stated besides diverting medications for him and friends, he stole money from the cash register or pocketed customers' co-pays."

Delgado said Henkel also admitted to pocketing money rather than ring up minor sales, and to stealing groceries.

Reached at his home for comment, Henkel said "don't believe everything you hear," then hung up on a reporter.

The arrest affidavit said a store audit found nearly 38,000 pills were missing.

Henkel faces charges of theft by unlawful taking, illegal dispensing of controlled substances and obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge.

 

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