Brinker enters guilty plea in theft case

Sarah Hawley

February 6, 2014

POMEROY — A former postal worker admitted on Wednesday to the theft of prescription pills while an employee of the post office.

Mindy Brinker, 39, of Bailey Run Road, Pomeroy, pleaded guilty to all five counts of the indictment against her which was filed in August 2013.

Brinker, accompanied by her attorney Charles Knight, appeared in Meigs County Commons Pleas Court before Judge I. Carson Crow on Wednesday morning for the hearing. The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Hall.

After a series of questions from Judge Crow, Brinker entered a guilty plea to five counts as charged in the original indictment.

Brinker was indicted on five counts of theft, a felony of the fourth degree.

The indictment states that Brinker did commit the crime of theft from the Pomeroy Post Office. Count one is alleged on May 9, 2013, while the other charges allege the crimes occurred between February and May 2013.

The charge of theft alleges that the defendant did, with purpose to deprive the owner of property or services, knowingly obtained or exerted control over either property or services in the following ways: without the consent of the owner or person authorized to give consent and if the property stolen is any dangerous drug.

According to statements made in court Wednesday, each count is representative of a separate victim from which the medication was taken.

Victim’s Assistance Director Theda Petrasko addressed the court on behalf of the victims, stating the five men were veterans and were without pain medication for a month due to the theft. She stated that one of the victims is asking for restitution in the amount of $50 for the medicine.

Judge Crow ordered a pre-sentencing investigation to take place prior to a sentence being handed down by the court. Brinker could face a maximum of 18 months in prison on each of the five charges.

As part of the plea agreement, Hall said the state and defense would both recommend community control in the case.

According to a statement made by Knight during the hearing, Brinker has been laid off from the post office.