Rudolph charged with theft of a controlled substance

Mark Aaron Rudolph, 21, Little Falls, has been charged with one felony count of theft: taking, using or transferring a controlled substance by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

On Jan. 19, the Little Falls Police Department received a report of theft of prescription medications. The victim told police that Rudolph had been his health aide for about six months. He said he noticed the pills were missing three to four months ago.

The victim told police he left a pill inside his bedroom to catch who was committing the theft. An hour after Rudolph arrived, he allegedly went into the victim’s bedroom for a long period of time. When the victim later checked on the pill, it was missing. He said there had been no one else in the residence.

When confronted, Rudolph allegedly admitted ingesting it.

Rudolph allegedly told police he thought the pill was Vicodin, but was later discovered to be Lortab, a controlled substance.

Rudolph also allegedly claimed it was the first time he had taken a pill from the victim.

If convicted, Rudolph faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.