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A Halifax County community paramedic was charged Wednesday with the larceny of an elderly patient’s Hydrocodone, according to the sheriff’s office.

Lieutenant Shane Guyant said there is video evidence of the crime occurring which helped lead to a charge of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, forgery or deception against Dudley Gregg Lynch, 55, of Hollister.

The community paramedic is a grant-funded position. The grant funds were awarded to Rural Health Group but those in this position are county employees, Guyant said. The role of the community paramedic is to provide home healthcare to a list of patients, he said.

Guyant said Lynch “was on the clock” when the theft of the Hydrocodone, a pain medication, occurred.

The theft occurred at the patient’s home a couple of weeks ago and Detective Sergeant J. Pignanello conducted an investigation which led to the charge against Lynch.

Guyant said a minimal amount of Hydrocodone was taken from the patient who resides in the Littleton area. Motive is unknown, Guyant said, and Lynch’s employment status with the county was not immediately known.

Lynch received a $1,500 bond and Friday district court date.