Crime

‘Life or death’ medication stolen from man’s South Hill porch. Suspect caught on camera

A thief stole a package containing necessary medication from the porch of a South Hill man who underwent a heart transplant last year.

Ron Kraft, 48, didn’t realize what happened initially.

After receiving a transplant last year after heart failure, Kraft said he takes his prescription every 12 hours.

“If I don’t, my body starts rejecting my heart, and things just start going all wrong,” he told KIRO-TV. “It’s life or death.”

After the medication hadn’t arrived by Monday and Kraft missed a dose, he called the pharmacy to check on its progress.

The pharmacy said it delivered the package to Kraft’s front porch on July 9.

Kraft then reviewed a security camera at his home on 118th Street East and spotted a man with a dog walk right up and steal his package about 2 p.m. July 9.

The package was worth about $750, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives said they have leads on the thief and hope to make an arrest soon.

Stacia Glenn covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. She started with The News Tribune in 2010. Before that, she spent six years writing about crime in Southern California for another newspaper.
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