PA man steals hand sanitizer to make cocktails

PA man steals hand sanitizer to make cocktails

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An Altoona man faces charges after allegedly confessing to stealing a large amount of hand sanitizer from a hospital.

Lee B. Ammerman, 51, of 1121 20th Ave., Apt. 3, is accused of taking 12 containers of liquid hand sanitizer over the span of several months and allegedly told police he stole them so he could drink them for the alcohol.

“I mix the liquid with orange juice,” Ammerman said after he was detained Jan. 2 at the hospital and questioned about the thefts, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

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Police said a man matching Ammerman’s description was seen concealing hand sanitizer in an arm sling before leaving the hospital Oct. 21, and on Dec. 10, Ammerman allegedly stole more containers from the sixth floor of the outpatient building.

An employee allegedly saw Ammerman steal hand sanitizer Dec. 23, police said, and police were able to positively identify their suspect as Ammerman on Dec. 24, police noted.

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