Hollis woman charged with stealing narcotics from town pharmacy

HOLLIS– A local woman was arrested Saturday and charged with stealing narcotic prescription drugs from a local pharmacy where she worked.

Dawn M. Jonis, 53, of Proctor Hill Road, was arrested at the Hollis Pharmacy and General Store, where she worked as a pharmacy technician, on a warrant stemming from an investigation that began last month when the owner of the pharmacy told police he suspected one of his employees was stealing prescription medication.

After reviewing video surveillance, local detectives applied for and were granted an arrest warrant for Jonis. Police Lt. Richard Mello said Monday that there was evidence on the videos of Jonis removing the medication from the pharmacy. Her job there, he said, gave her access to the medications.

Jonis worked at the pharmacy and also ran the Hollis Village Pet Supply store, which was built onto the pharmacy and general store in 2010.

Jonis was charged with two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, Class A misdemeanors, and two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, both Class B felonies.

Mello declined to comment on the types of drugs and the quantities that were allegedly taken, saying the investigation is ongoing and that additional charges are expected. Any further charges, he said, will likely be similar to those already issued in this case.

Jonis was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Nashua district court June 13.

– DANIELLE CURTIS