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Two women accused of stealing from dead Buffalo man

Two women accused of stealing drugs and $106 from a dead man who had overdosed on drugs were arrested early Tuesday, Northwest District police said Thursday.

Susan Shapiro, 48, of Clarence and Katelyn Drake, 23, of Arcade, discovered the body of Mark Shadron, 32, in his apartment at 2249 Delaware Ave., said Buffalo Police Department Lt. Jeff Rinaldo.

The two women were each charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic needle, possession of stolen property and petit larceny, police said.

The incident unfolded shortly after 7 p.m. Monday when the women went to visit Shadron, reported Rinaldo.

"One of the women was the girlfriend of the deceased," said Rinaldo. "But he wasn't answering the door so they called the superintendent to check on his well-being. The super unlocks the apartment door and finds the man dead from an apparent overdose."

Both women entered the apartment and began going through Shadron's belongings, said Rinaldo. They went through the bathroom, his room and his clothing, he said.

"They started a treasure hunt," Rinaldo said. "They took money from his pocket. They took something from the medicine cabinet."

It could not be immediately determined which of the women was Shadron's girlfriend.

The superintendent became suspicious and started videotaping the women searching the apartment and taking Shadron's belongings, Rinaldo said.

Buffalo police were called to the scene to investigate and discovered that Drake was wanted on a warrant from the Warsaw Police Department. Upon further investigation, Drake was found to be in possession of three Suboxone films, three glassine envelopes with heroin residue and a hypodermic needle.

Suboxone film is a prescription medication used in the treatment of opiate addiction.

The two suspects are accused of taking 18 Suboxone films and the cash from the deceased.

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