Police: Pa. man stole sanitizer to make cocktails

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Posted: Jan 10, 2014 9:18 AM

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man stole 12 bottles of hand sanitizer from a central Pennsylvania hospital so he could mix it with orange juice and drink it for the alcohol it contained.

The Altoona Mirror reports (http://bit.ly/1eKrU94 ) 51-year-old Lee Ammerman has been mailed a summons requiring him to surrender Feb. 5 on charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

Police say an employee at UPMC Altoona hospital saw Ammerman steal a bottle of sanitizer in October by hiding it in an arm sling he was wearing. They say Ammerman returned to steal more sanitizer twice in December.

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Police say they confronted Ammerman, who acknowledged stealing the sanitizer, saying, "I mix the liquid with orange juice."

The hospital is seeking about $80 in restitution.

Ammerman doesn't have a listed phone or an attorney named in court records.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com