Chemist stole cyanide to kill rodents, DA says. It nearly ended up in the water supply.

Chemist stole cyanide to kill rodents, DA says. It nearly ended up in the water supply.


Chemist Richard O'Rourke, 60, had a plan to kill the rodents on his Warrington, Pennsylvania, property , but he almost polluted the water supply in the process, according to prosecutors. Upper Gwynedd Township Police had received a tip from another chemist at Merck & Co, a pharmaceutical company, that potassium cyanide had been stolen from a laboratory, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele.



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