ANGELS CAMP (CBS13) —  A local pharmacist is accused of stealing pills, but not from behind the counter.  Police say the pharmacist was stealing pills for months, and was arrested after officers found drugs hidden in his car.

Dean Westphalen, 61, is behind bars and accused of stealing more than $3200 worth of pricey prescription pills from Angels Camp Rite Aid where he worked as a pharmacist.

Store security officers called the police after they noticed something was wrong.

During the investigation, detectives found 35 different drugs: everything from Viagra to controlled pain narcotics like Dilaudid.

“Everybody’s got a skeleton in the closet some place,” said Rite Aid customer Joe Goss.

Westphalen is accused of sneaking pills to his car parked in the store’s parking lot, where officers found several hundred stashed away.

Police are working to see why Westphalen was allegedly pocketing pills, and it’s not clear if he turned around and sold them on the street.

Westphalen was charged with grand theft, burglary and possession of a controlled substance and then booked into the Calaveras County Jail.

“I’m shocked, I don’t use that pharmacy, but it’s not the kind of thing you see here, it happens in big cities not little cities like this,” says Richard King, Angels Camp resident.

Comments (21)
  1. Mr A says:

    Heard it before, sure to hear it again….

  2. Scott says:

    Big deal the Federal Reserve pocketed the Nations Savings. Go after the real criminals. End the Federal Reserve.

  3. Lonnie says:

    This guy has been out of jail for a week on bail.

  4. Robert says:

    End fed reserve also the IRS,

  5. Junkie says:

    There goes angels camps local supplier of prescription pills haha.

    1. Mike Carpino says:

      I doubt it!

  6. jesus says:

    He was just sampling to make sure the products he supplied were good quality (-;

  7. tacochoco says:

    Those medicine that he took are samples from the pharmacy agent, instead of giving it away he keep it. Not a big issue. he is a good man.

    1. Mike Carpino says:

      If this is true then he should sue!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. kj7388 says:

      Not true. It’s against the law for pharmacist to get samples from pharm. reps.

    3. Raio says:

      Everybody’s got a skeleton in the closet some place…believe it or not but your friend is a thief

  8. jt says:

    You can’t get samples in a retail setting!!!

  9. norcal says:

    it happens in big cities not little cities like this

    really i move out here from a big city and the things that take place here made me reevaluate how bad the sub really are.

  10. Mike Carpino says:

    Some of my very good friends are phamacists and they earn very good money..why involve oneself in something like this? It can’t be to earn money on the side. What a foolish move for a 61 year old man to do. YOU JUST NEVER KNOW ?

  11. old fart says:

    The war on drugs can’t be won no matter how many mommys you lock up for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You can’t regulate morality. If you legalize drugs the gangsters won’t be at schools trying to sell it to your kids. Check out the L.E.A.P. web site.LEAP Statement of Principles
    1. LEAP does not promote the use of drugs and is deeply concerned about the extent of drug abuse worldwide. LEAP is also deeply concerned with the destructive impact of violent drug gangs and cartels everywhere in the world. Neither problem is remedied by the current policy of drug prohibition. Indeed, drug abuse and gang violence flourish in a drug prohibition environment, just as they did during alcohol prohibition.

  12. Old Hippie says:

    So it’s criminal just to be poor now?

  13. Ladybug258 says:

    Some yyears back Safeway in Jackson had the same problem

  14. RAY says:

    @old fart:

    The government will NEVER legalize drugs, they profit to much from it,They WOULD LOSE BILLIONS.

  15. Mike Carpino says:

    what?????????????????? Old Hippie your on the wrong story.LOL

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