Woman accused of stealing prescription drugs at open houses

Amanda Haislar (Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

House for sale — most people see the possibilities of their future.

But the Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a woman had been using open houses to steal prescription drugs.

“We were contacted by a couple of realtors that were aware of what was going on,” said Detective Sergeant Mike Weiner with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say over a three-week span, Amanda Haislar was looking at homes for sale and going to open houses, going inside the homes and searching for any pills she could find.

“She was looking for prescription medication — hydrocodone, vicodin,” Weiner said.

The sheriff's office set up cameras inside a home that was for sale. The video shows a woman grab the pill bottle and walk away.

“It was clear to me that she knew exactly what she was looking for. She knew where the items were located. It was a direct path to where she knew she wanted to go,” Weiner said.

Investigators say she refilled this prescription bottle with aspirin so the homeowner wouldn't notice the difference.

“In my experience as an investigator with the Sheriff's office, this is the first time I've seen this specific tactic used by a person to obtain these drugs,” Weiner said.

Weiner says this speaks to how bad the opioid crisis really is.

“All the other crime that is associated with it, property theft, stuff like that, all goes up to support those addictions,” Weiner said.