Nurse accused of stealing medication from patients

A Central New York nurse was arrested Wednesday after police say he stole medication from his patients.

According to State Police in Marcy, investigators with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement arrested 33-year-old Jerry M. Cook of Coleman Place in Ilion and charged him with felony falsifying business records and misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police say Cook, a licensed practical nurse who works for the Katherine Lutheran Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Clinton, allegedly took narcotic medication for himself which was supposed to go to his patients.

Cook was issued appearance tickets for the charges, and is scheduled to return to the Town of Kirkland Justice Court on October 19.

This is the second recent incident involving a nurse allegedly stealing from his patients. In mid-September, Robert W. Robertson of Clay was arrested on similar charges after police say he stole medication from paitents at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse.