NY town paramedic pleads guilty to stealing drugs from drop-off box

Jon Cinelli, 52, admitted to stealing the drugs from a police department box while working as a paramedic for the town


The Buffalo News, N.Y.

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — A paramedic admitted Thursday to stealing prescription medications from a drug drop-off box located in the lobby of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Jon Cinelli, 52, of Grand Island, pleaded guilty before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio to one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor.

He stole the prescription medications while working as a paramedic for the Town of Tonawanda.

As part of his plea, Cinelli must complete a judicial diversion program.

Cinelli faces a maximum of one year in jail when sentenced. He is scheduled to report back on Feb. 28.

District Attorney John J. Flynn commended Lt. Tom Moore and Capt. Joe Fennell of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Alicia M. Lilley of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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