Man En Route to Rehab Shoplifts to Buy Drugs

John Dunaway, 27, protesting that he “needed clothes for rehab,” was arrested for theft of more than $500 from a Meijer store. When Dunaway was taken into custody, officers also found drug paraphernalia and “a controlled substance” (which was not identified).

Officers had been summoned to the store by an employee who had seen Dunaway trying to hide merchandise on his person. Shoplifting was a crime with which Dunaway was already familiar since he had been cited a number of times for previous theft attempts at the same Meijer location.

Officers confronted Dunaway, who appeared nervous. When taken into the store’s administrative offices, Dunaway was searched. Officers found cologne and other items totaling more than $500 in retail value. Officers also noted that some of the stolen items were tainted with Dunaway’s blood, but no explanation as to why Dunaway might have been bleeding was mentioned.

When questioned about why he stole the goods, Dunaway claimed he was going into rehab and needed new clothes, and that he intended to pay for everything, but didn’t have any money. In a search outside the store (in some undisclosed location, either a car or living area), police also found syringes, Xanax pills, and spoons prepared to be used for liquifying powdered drugs for injection.

Dunaway appears to be on his own, as no family has come forward.

Xanax, the only drug specifically mentioned in this story, is a “benzodiazepine,” and is prescribed for anxiety and insomnia. Like so many prescription drugs, there is a high demand, and due to its addictive strength has been linked to celebrity deaths such as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. For more information about Xanax, check out

The crimes committed by the offender described in this article highlights the seriousness of the prescription drug problem. People are willing to commit crimes to fuel their addiction, and even shoplifting, considered a “petty” crime by many, provides the fuel to maintain an addict’s habit with goods to sell for cash which can then be sold to buy the drug.

If you or someone you know shows signs of addiction, you can get help by contacting Advanced Recovery Systems. They offer help on insurance options, types of programs, counseling, and levels of treatment (detox to outpatient), and other information you need to get help today.

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