Concord Cop Charged With Stealing Rx Drugs From Seniors

A Concord police officer will be arraigned this afternoon for allegedly stealing prescription drugs from seniors, the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office said today.

Prosecutors charged Concord police K-9 Officer Matthew Switzer on Thursday with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary, one count of fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs and one count of elder abuse, according to the district attorney's office.

His arraignment in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Switzer, a Clayton resident, turned himself in this morning and is being held in the county jail in Martinez in lieu of $240,000 bail, according to Deputy District Attorney Barry Grove.

Prosecutors said the officer allegedly used his status as a police officer to enter the homes of several residents in an unnamed senior apartment complex in downtown Concord. Once inside, he pocketed undisclosed amounts of Norco, a powerful prescription pain drug, according to Grove.

The charges follow an extensive investigation at the request of Concord police Chief Guy Swanger, who said a resident informed him in February that Switzer was obtaining prescription drugs illegally.

Swanger said he placed Switzer on administrative leave the same day and contacted the district attorney's office.

The chief declined to comment on the allegations specifically but said the charges "show that police officers, like members of the community, have to be held accountable."

The Police Department is conducting its own investigation into the charges, he said.

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El Comentarista April 04, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Shocked and appalled. found this link where this guy was paraded in font of school children. Cops are not superheroes just public servants, lets keep it real. http://claycord.com/2011/05/18/monte-gardens-elementary-says-thanks-to-the-concord-police-department/
Colleen Finley April 05, 2014 at 02:33 PM
If any of this went down like this, this officer needs serious psycho therapy. He needs to be labeled 5150 more than spend life in prison. Prison never works for people this far in to Neverland. Jeez! I wonder how long investigators let him do this after they were alerted. Good luck convincing a jury with pill addicted witnesses on the stand. Very scary situation for sure!


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