Former Cheboygan teacher arrested for stealing drugs from co-workers
Cheboygan kindergarten teacher was arrested after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from co-workers.
he teacher is now facing nearly a half dozen charges ranging from theft to home invasion.
he first reported incident was in
May when 31-year-old Tammy Lafrinere was accused to stealing medications from a fellow teacher's purse at West Elementary School in Cheboygan.
Whenever she knew that someone might be out of the classroom
she seemed to be able to find the timing to go in and
search," Kurt Jones, Cheboygan Public Safety Director said.
olice say over a three day span
fter the first teacher turned her in
another stepped forward with an accusation from a couple months prior to this incident.
he second teacher claimed that
Lafrinere broke into her home while she was away.
She unfortunately like many people got hooked on prescription
and then would go through any extreme to get more meds
," Jones said.
ince the incident
she has resigned from her job at
West Elementary School.
Public Schools Superintendent Mark Dombroski says it is school policy not to comment on personnel matters.
he says all job candidates through a thorough background check before anyone is hired.
I'm confident that our background checks are doing what they're supposed to be doing and that the employees here are here because they are passing those background checks
," Dombroski said.
olice say that
Lafrinere had no criminal history prior to these incidents. They also say she has been cooperative with investigation and has recently admitted herself into rehab to help with her addiction.
You got to remember to ask for help in these types of situation and rely on parents and close friends and families to talk to you to try to help you through this
," Jones said.
afrinere is facing multiple charges and if convicted
could face up to 15 years in prison.