JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested a Walmart pharmacy technician on charges she stole pills out of the pharmacy.
Rebecca Thomas, 40, is charged with employee theft less than $5,000, according to an arrest report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Police arrested Thomas after the loss prevention manager for Walmart discovered she allegedly stole pills from the store.
The manager said they saw surveillance video that showed Thomas place about 17 pills into her pocket and walk into the restroom. The report said after the manager found Thomas stealing the pills, identified as "Hydroco/Acetamin" pills, they inventoried the prescription pills.
During the inventory, the loss prevention manager found Thomas allegedly stole more than 518 pills, amounting to $2,000, according to the report. The manager told police the inventory is rarely short, so they believe Thomas stole a handful of pills each time she worked.
The report said when police questioned Thomas about stealing the pills, she confessed. Thomas told police she stole pills numerous times over numerous weeks, according to the report.
Thomas told police she stole the pills because her mother is terminally ill and needed the pills for pain. The report said Thomas told police she did not take the pills to use or sell them, but to give them to her mother so she would not see her in pain.
Thomas told police she has worked as a pharmacy technician since 1986 and has never stolen pills before. According to the report, Thomas said she flushed the pills she stole that day because she was fearful of being caught.
Rebecca Thomas was arrested and taken to the Duval County Pretrial Detention Facility
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