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Minden man accused of using pest control business to steal meds from homes

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Ronald D. Veitch, 57 (Source: Webster Parish Sheriff's Office) Ronald D. Veitch, 57 (Source: Webster Parish Sheriff's Office)
MINDEN, LA (KSLA) -

A Minden man is behind bars, accused of using his pest control business to steal prescription medications from numerous homes.

Webster Parish Sheriff's Office deputies say 57-year-old Ronald D. Veitch, owner of Anti Pest & Veitch, would tell customers to leave their homes for 10 or 15 minutes so he could spray for pests, and would then remove pills and cough medicine.

Detectives learned of Veitch's operations after receiving several customer complaints. They said he would contact customers and tell them he had a new way of doing termite inspections. He would then urge them to get their residences inspected.

Detectives said he would replace prescriptions with over the counter pills and fill cough medicine bottles back up with water. He would also allegedly leave the residence without conducting inspections.

After contacting the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and several pest control companies in the Shreveport-Bossier area, detectives determined Veitch's inspections did not meet state standards. 

Veitch had a large amount of morphine pills in an aspirin bottle in his pocket when he was arrested. Detectives also found a large amount of narcotics such as Tramadol and Hydrocodone at Veitch's office.

Detectives also said that Veitch broke a piece of wood from a chair in the interview room to make a shank, or makeshift knife, that he tried to hide on himself.

He is being held at the Bayou Dorcheat Correction Center in Minden on eight counts of obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud, five counts of mingling of harmful substance, four counts of perpetration of crime against aged person as theft, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, possession of legend drugs with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, theft by fraud, introduction of contraband into a corrections facility and criminal damage to property.

Veitch was convicted of middle-grade theft and possession of controlled dangerous substances in 2012 after a home owner caught him in the act of stealing medications during one of his "termite inspections." The home owner and a neighbor held Veitch down until deputies arrived.

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