A West Manheim Township nurse is on house arrest for stealing narcotic painkillers from residents of a Hanover-area retirement community.

Cynthia Ann Moschetti, 38, of 1325 Wanda Drive, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft and five counts of reckless endangerment, according to court records.

She was sentenced to two years of probation, with the first 60 days on house arrest, records state. She must also undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation.

Police said the thefts happened in February and March, when Moschetti worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Homewood at Plum Creek, 425 Westminster Ave. in Penn Township.

101 pills: Penn Township Police were called by the center's director of nursing, who told them she had suspended Moschetti for stealing 101 prescription pills, including Tramadol, Vicodin and Tylenol, court records state.

The pills were valued at about $68, according to records.

Moschetti admitted to police she stole the Tramadol and Vicodin for her own use, then replaced them with Tylenol pills so as not to raise any suspicions, records state.

"Moschetti reported that prior to switching the medications, she used a drug reference book to make sure the patient(s) would not be harmed," according to her arrest affidavit.

Defense attorney John Mooney did not return a phone message seeking comment.

The prosecutor, Susan Emmons, declined comment about the case.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.