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Published on: 03/07/2017

Woman Gets Concurrent Prison Term For Baker Pharmacy Burglary

Patti Weaver

1600kush.com

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(Stillwater, Okla.) – The female driver of a get-away car in the nighttime burglary of Baker’s Pharmacy in Cushing, from which a large number of medications were stolen and discarded last year, pleaded guilty at her first appearance on March 1 on the two-count felony charge in Payne County District Court.

Somer Marie Speer, 29, of Newton, Iowa, who has been incarcerated since November on Oklahoma County drug convictions, was given a concurrent 10-year prison term in the Baker Pharmacy break-in, with the balance to be suspended on completion of an in-custody treatment program.

Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler ordered Speer to begin paying $20,008 restitution with her co-defendants in the Baker Pharmacy burglary when she is released from prison, along with undergoing random drug testing and complying with any recommendations from a substance abuse evaluation, as well as performing 50 hours of community service.

Her male co-defendants, who are also from Newton, Iowa, were both sentenced to prison last fall for their roles in the Baker Pharmacy break-in and drug theft, court records show.

Speer’s boyfriend, Tanner Blake Jensen, 26, who had a criminal record in Iowa, pleaded guilty last November to breaking into Baker Pharmacy and stealing medications, for which he was given a four-year prison term followed by 16 years of probation, with an order to pay $20,008 restitution with his co-defendants, as well as undergoing random drug testing, following recommendations of a substance abuse evaluation and performing 50 hours of community service.

His Payne County prison term was ordered to run concurrently to two four-year prison terms in Oklahoma, one for committing a burglary and drug larceny in Perry and another for a raft of crimes including methamphetamine possession, burglary and concealing stolen property with Michael Jerry Eppstein, 35, in 2016 in Blackwell, court records show.

Eppstein pleaded guilty last October to his role in the Baker Pharmacy break-in and drug theft, for which he was given a concurrent four-year prison term, followed by six years of probation, with an order to pay $20,008 restitution with his co-defendants. As Jensen’s co-defendant in the Blackwell case, he had already been given a four-year prison term followed by three years of probation, court records show.

Cushing Police Detective Rachel Hentges wrote in an affidavit that the day after the Baker Pharmacy break-in, Blackwell police had Jensen and Eppstein in custody on unrelated charges.

Blackwell Police Sgt. John Mitchell “reported Eppstein admitted to him involvement in a pharmacy burglary in Cushing, Ok.,” the affidavit said.

When the Cushing detective interviewed him, “Eppstein indicated Jensen and Speer were in a dating relationship and he was friends with both of them. Eppstein stated they rented a motel in Tulsa, Ok., and he stayed in the motel room for approximately two days, getting high on methamphetamine.

“Eppstein reported Jensen found the pharmacies by using a laptop to Google ‘small town pharmacies.’ Eppstein admitted during the interview that he had knowledge Jensen and Speer had broken into other pharmacies in the past,” the affidavit said.

On April 15, 2016, Eppstein said that all three left the motel room about 4 p.m. and went to a small town near Tulsa to look at a pharmacy to burglarize, but Jensen decided not to “because it did not feel right,” the affidavit said.

“Eppstein reported after they decided to move on from that pharmacy, they drove to Cushing, Ok. and located Baker Pharmacy. Eppstein told me he stood outside the front of the pharmacy, while Jensen went around the side.

“Eppstein said he had a walkie-talkie and ensured no one was around while Jensen was on the side of the building. Eppstein also advised me that Speer was parked in the parking lot to the east of the pharmacy waiting for them as Jensen gained entry,” the Cushing detective wrote in her affidavit.

“Eppstein told me Speer was the female driver on the (Baker Pharmacy) video and that she had pulled on the side of the pharmacy. He indicated he and Jensen got out and went into the pharmacy for the purpose of stealing medications, as Speer waited in the car.

“Eppstein reported after committing the burglary, they drove to Oklahoma city where they dropped Speer off. During the drive to Oklahoma City from Cushing, Epstein advised he and Jensen went through the medication and determined they had not stolen anything of value to them,” so they dumped the medications in a dumpster at a gas station at an unknown location, the affidavit said.

When Speer was interviewed by phone, she denied she had been in Cushing on April 15, 2016, the day of the Baker Pharmacy break-in, the affidavit said.

She said she had traveled to Oklahoma to visit her children, the affidavit said.

When Speer was interviewed in person at the Oklahoma County Jail on separate charges, she admitted she drove the car in the Baker Pharmacy burglary, but she said she was unaware that Jensen and Eppstein were going to do that crime when she pulled into the driveway, the affidavit said.

“Despite the video surveillance footage of both Jensen and Eppstein emerging from the vehicle with their faces masked and gloves on their hands, Speer maintained she did not know they planned to do anything illegal,” when she was interviewed by the Cushing detective, the affidavit said.

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