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Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:00 pm

A Washington man on probation for felony theft of a controlled substance and fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance is facing new charges.

Andrew L. Roettgers, 38, was arraigned Monday on charges of theft of a controlled substance, two counts of felony drug possession and one misdemeanor stealing count.

Roettgers remains in the county jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond after Associate Circuit Judge Dave Hoven denied a motion for bond reduction at Monday’s hearing.

The new charges stem from an Aug. 13 incident in which Roettgers allegedly stole a container for used hypodermic needles from Mercy Hospital Washington.

According to Washington Detective Sgt. Steve Sitzes, police were called to the hospital about 10:40 a.m. and took Roettgers into custody.

The man reportedly had been treated in the emergency room.

Hospital personnel later saw him walking out of the facility carrying a blanket. Wrapped inside the blanket was the container and syringes, Sitzes said.

Police allege Roettgers also was in possession of vials containing morphine and another controlled substance.

In addition to being on probation, Roettgers also served prison time after pleading guilty in 2008 to second-degree burglary and two felony drug possession counts.

That 2008 case also was investigated by Washington police.