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Nicole Reccek Aubertin confesses to painkiller theft

Published On: Jul 16 2013 05:35:07 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2013 08:45:56 AM EDT

An aide stole two bottles of painkillers and seven drug patches over the last two weeks from a woman she was helping, officials said.

Nicole J. Reccek Aubertin confessed to police that she took a total of 120 hydromorphone pills from Debra Cahill's apartment in the 500 block of Elm Street in Bethlehem on July 1 and 3, and that she took a total of seven Fetanyl patches on July 8 and 10.

Aubertin made her confession at police headquarters on Monday, three days after Cahill reported her medication was stolen.


Cahill tipped off police about Aubertin's possible involvement in the theft.

Police determined the pills and the patches were worth a total of $893.69 after speaking with pharmacist Nancy Hollywood at Young's Pharmacy, 3708 Freemansburg Ave., Bethlehem Township, Northampton County., where the prescriptions were filled.

Aubertin, 34, of 4333 Embur Terrace, Bethlehem Township, was arraigned on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and drug possession and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 25.