Winona man sentenced to 5 years for stealing prescription pills

May 23, 2019

A 35-year-old contractor turned thief was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

Travis Lee Schultz of Winona pleaded guilty to stealing an undisclosed amount of clonazepam, a powerful tranquilizer used to treat seizures and panic disorders, in early April.

In Winona County Court, Thursday, Third District Court judge Matthew Opat sentenced Schultz to five years in the Minnesota correctional facility in St. Cloud and five years of supervised probation.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 21, 2018, Winona County Sheriff’s responded to a report of a burglary in rural Winona County.

Deputies arrived to find the home trashed.

According to the report, the homeowners had hired Shultz and two others to do some floor work in their home.

They told deputies that when they returned from work they discovered their home had been trashed and several times were missing, the report said.

Missing items included medication — both clonazepam and lorazepam — jewelry and a child’s cellphone.

While questioning Schultz, deputies observed that he had bloodshot watery eyes and appeared to be under the influence.

Schultz denied stealing any jewelry but admitted to taking two clonazepam pills from the residence.

He claimed the homeowners were trying to commit insurance fraud and had offered him marijuana.

Witnesses told police they didn’t see Schultz take anything, but admitted that he had been in the bathroom doing the majority of his work, the report said.

Both witnesses said Schultz appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance when he left the bathroom.

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