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Former Police Chief admits he was stealing painkillers to feed his addiction

Posted: 12:39 PM, Jan 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-10 17:43:03Z
Peter J. Breitnauer

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The former Chief of Kenmore Police, Peter Breitnauer, has admitted to stealing Hydrocodone from his department's medication drop box to feed his addiction to painkillers.

Breitnauer was arrested by federal agents on the drug charge in October.

Breitnauer appeared in federal court, Thursday morning, for a plea hearing where he made the admission in front of a judge.

The former officer now faces a year in prison and a $100,000 fine. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, a condition of Breitnauer's release has been regular drug testing and all of the tests to this date have come back clean.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 10th.