Pest control worker accused of stealing |

Pest control worker accused of stealing

A Grass Valley man accused of stealing prescription painkillers by using his pest-control job to get into people’s homes was arraigned Monday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Dennis P. Davidson, 53, is charged with three counts of burglary and single counts of elder embezzlement and unlawful possession of prescription drugs.

He’s scheduled to enter a plea April 25.

One of the victims has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. His wife reported that Davidson had visited them twice, unannounced, in February. Another person said Davidson made unannounced visits in 2000.

Davidson, who worked for Economy Pest Control, which has a Grass Valley office, couldn’t be reached for comment after the hearing.

At Economy Pest Control, a man who said he was the office manager said Davidson no longer works at the company, but declined to say under what conditions he left.

On Feb. 5 and 7, according to the Sheriff’s Office, Davidson made unsolicited visits to an Alta Sierra Drive house, both times saying he was checking on a rat problem.

Both times the wife later noticed that codeine pills were missing.

Her husband takes the painkiller for ALS, which attacks the central nervous system.

They reported more than 1,000 codeine pills had been taken since November and had first suspected a housekeeper of the theft.

In the 2000 case, a woman reported Davidson visited twice unannounced – once saying he had left behind a spray nozzle, another time asking to sketch the floor plan to help with his own home-remodeling project – according to the Sheriff’s Office.

That victim reported that oxycontin, another painkiller, was missing after Davidson’s visits.

By then a deputy already had a similar case under investigation. He decided to merge the two cases, but neither resulted in charges at the time.

The District Attorney’s Office explained its reasoning then in a memo: “Insufficient evidence to file criminal charges. I suspect the def(endant) took pills but just not enough to go to trial. Thank you.”

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