A 28-year-old Gering woman is facing two criminal charges after allegedly lying to a woman to gain access to her home and stealing Fentanyl patches.
Court documents say that on May 30, Shannon Hughes went to a home on D Street and told the homeowner she worked for the Department of Health and Human Services. Hughes gave a false name of Kristen Trainor, and told the woman she needed to conduct a health and fire hazard check.
During the bogus search, the homeowner observed Hughes check all the rooms, drawers and cupboards. Hughes then asked the woman to step out of the house while she called her supervisor. The homeowner later found out that one of her Fentanyl patches and the box it was in were missing from a dresser.
On Wednesday, Hughes returned to the residence and said she was there for another inspection- but said she was Megan Trainor with the Health Department. This time, the homeowner watched Hughes the entire time and nothing was taken. When she left, they called the police and gave a vehicle and clothing description.
Gering Police were able to track Hughes down, and was arrested on charges of Burglary and Impersonating a Public Servant. Hughes will be arraigned on the charges on Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court.