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Police: Pill addict targeted elderly victims to get their drugs

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Christine Deyoung (Source: Greenville Police Dept.) Christine Deyoung (Source: Greenville Police Dept.)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greer police said an Upstate woman targeted elderly victims, telling them she would help them with their medical issues in order to steal pain medications from them.

Lt. Jim Holcombe with the Greer Police Department said 47-year-old Christine Deyoung visited three different victims who live on Snow Street in the past two weeks claiming once to work for Greenville Hospital System and also saying she had her own company that helps elderly patients with things.

Police said Deyoung knocked on the victims' door, saying she was there to help them with their medical issues and would then ask them questions about their medications.

According to the police reports, one of the victims told police he thought it odd that the hospital would send someone out to check on his medications, let alone on Easter Sunday. He told police he thought she was looking to see if he took any controlled medications.

Another one of the victims told police that he did not suspect anything because she was dressed nice, but he believed she stole some of his Loratab pills, the report stated. The other victims told police she was driving a 2004 Mercedes sedan.

The third victim told police Deyoung repeatedly asked to see her medications, but she eventually became suspicious of her and would not let her into her home past the front door.

Police said the victims were able to identify Deyoung through a photo lineup.

Greenville police said Deyoung was arrested on Sunday, accused of claiming to be a Department of Social Services worker and stealing a woman's medication at Towers East.

The day after that arrest, Greer police picked up Deyoung on three counts of second-degree burglary and one count of petit larceny.

According to the report, Deyoung told police she had sinus and shoulder surgeries in the fall but doctors were no longer prescribing her enough pain medication. Police said Deyoung admitted she went to the elderly victims' homes in the hopes of getting some of their pills, telling them she was a social worker, but she said the never stole any pills from the Greer victims.

Police said some of what Deyoung told officers conflicted with what the victims reported, but she did say she was a victim of pain pill addiction.

Greer police ask if anyone else believes they were targeted by Deyoung to call their office.

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