COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A pest control worker allegedly stole 700 oxycodone tablets from a Columbus County pharmacy while working at the drug store.
According to the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, Baldwin Woods Pharmacy, located on Jefferson Street in Whiteville, contacted authorities on Thursday after noticing discrepancies in its inventory.
Investigators determined that Antonio Donnell Mitchell, 27, of Clarkton, gained access to the pharmacy while working in an official capacity there earlier that day and stole the narcotics.
Detectives were able to track down Mitchell and pulled over his vehicle, which was from the pest control company, in the parking lot of the Whiteville Bojangles, where he was taken into custody.
During a search of his Clarkton home, detectives located oxycodone tablets in the original bottles from Baldwin Woods Pharmacy. More tablets were found on Mitchell.
Officials estimate the street value of the stolen tablets is approximately $8,000.
"I would like to commend Baldwin Woods Pharmacy for their swift actions in contacting my office following the discovery of an inventory discrepancy," Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said. "Their actions and cooperation during this investigation were vital in keeping the stolen narcotics off of the streets."
Mitchell has been charged with four felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count of felony larceny. He was placed in jail under a $75,000 secured bond.
Additional charges are anticipated pending additional audits by the pharmacy, Hatcher said.