News Release
For Immediate Release:
December 02, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Massachusetts Man Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Burglary

DEC 02 -- CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE : Steven W. Derr Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, United States Attorney John P. Kacavas, and Ossipee Police Department Chief Donald Grow, announced today that Joseph Savio, 37, of Boston,

Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to committing the May 16, 2009 burglary of the Rite Aid pharmacy in Ossipee, New Hampshire.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 8, 2010 at the United States District Court in Concord. Savio faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years on the charge, though his sentence under the advisory federal sentencing guidelines is likely to be much lower.

Savio admitted that he and Joseph Gordinas entered the Rite Aid pharmacy in Ossipee at approximately 2:57 a.m. on May 16, 2009. The burglars loaded a sack with controlled substances stolen from a locked cabinet. Police responding to the store alarm engaged in a high speed pursuit of a vehicle operated by Joseph Savio’s brother, Mark Savio. Joseph Savio and

Joseph Gordinas were observed running from the vehicle after it made a brief stop. Mark Savio was arrested at approximately 4:00 a.m. Joseph Savio and Joseph Gordinas were arrested a few hours later. The sack of controlled substances was recovered from the area in which Savio and Gordinas initially fled.

Mark Savio pleaded guilty on September 1, 2009 to aiding and abetting the burglary. On December 1, 2009, he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Joseph Gordinas pleaded guilty to committing the burglary on October 30, 2009. A sentencing hearing in his case is scheduled for February 12, 2010.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Ossipee Police Department lead the investigation of this case.