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Family Arrested after Stealing Drugs from Police Station

12-May-2014

It takes a whole lot of nerve, denial, desperation, or stupidity to walk into a police station and try to steal drugs, but that's what police say three family members in Edmond tried to do.

According to reports, Richard Andress, 54; his daughter Hollie, 22; and her husband Matthew Waller, 27, entered the lobby of the Edmond Police Department and stole prescription pills from an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics prescription drug disposal box. These boxes are intended to allow people to safely dispose of their unused medications by dropping them off in a secure location. This is to ensure safe discard of dangerous drugs and to keep them out of the hands of those who are likely to misuse them.

Of course, that only works if prescription drug abusers and distributors are deterred from reaching in and pulling out what they want. Apparently, the presence of security cameras and armed police officers was not enough of a deterrent for the Andresses and Waller.

Police say that Hollie Andress and Matthew Waller reached into the drop off box and pulled out a bag of pills. Waller then took the bag to a restroom, and Richard Andress followed him in. Then Hollie and Richard Andress walked up to the records desk to ask for a report and distract police from watching the lobby. While they did so, Waller allegedly reached into the box again, putting pill bottles in his wife's purse. Police say a jailer monitoring the station's security cameras witnessed Waller steal the drugs from the box and detained him. Upon review of surveillance, it allegedly became evident that Richard and Hollie Andress were involved in the theft, and all three were arrested.

An Oklahoma court records search shows no prior criminal history for Hollie Andress. Her father and husband, however, are a different story. 

Matthew Waller has prior convictions in Cleveland, Oklahoma, and Payne Counties. His record shows a protective order, domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, public intoxication, concealing stolen property, making false declaration of ownership to a pawn broker, and placing threatening phone calls.

Richard Andress has convictions for first degree burglary and manslaughter. Andress was convicted of two counts of manslaughter following a 1991 DUI accident that killed his wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle he was driving, and the driver of the vehicle Andress struck when he crossed the center line. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 5 years suspended, and he served just over 11 years. He is on probation for the manslaughter convictions until 2018. 

As of this writing, all three suspects are being held in the Oklahoma County Jail on various charges:

  • Richard Andress - Second Degree Burglary
  • Hollie Andress - Second Degree Burglary and Concealing Stolen Property
  • Matthew Waller - Second Degree Burglary, Larceny of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a CDS

Richard Andress is held on $3,000 bond; Hollie Andress is held on $5,000 bond; and Matthew Waller is held on $6,000 bond.

Statistics show that prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions nationwide, and in Oklahoma in particular. This case shows how far addiction can drive people in an effort to obtain drugs for use or sale.



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