DELAND, Fla. - A 32-year-old pharmacy tech has been arrested after she was accused of stealing hydrocodone pills while working at a Walmart in DeLand.
The Walmart's asset protection manager was contacted on Oct. 8 by a Walmart pharmacist in reference to a possible ongoing internal theft of hydrocodone pills by their pharmacists' technician, 32-year-old Rachel Parkins.
The manager began to review internal work records and video recordings of Parkins while she was working at the pharmacy.
Deputies said the manager found 16 separate occasions from Sept. 23 to Oct. 7, in which Parkins was seen on surveillance cameras stealing unknown large amounts of hydrocodone pills from pill bottles in the pharmacy of Walmart.
The manager estimated the amount of hydrocodone pills being stolen by Parkins from Walmart to be estimated at 1,600 pills, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
On Oct. 9, the manager contacted the DEA Orlando field police diversion group, and agents were then advised that Parkins' next scheduled day to work was on Oct. 10.
During her shift, authorities watched Parkins as she allegedly poured an estimated 70 hydrocodone pills from a counting tray into her left hand, and then into her left front pants pocket. Deputies said Parkins was then taken to the rear of the Walmart for an independent review.
During the review, deputies said it was revealed that since Feb. 2013, Parkins had been stealing "handfuls" of hydrocodone pills from the pharmacy ranging from two to three times a day while at work, which amounted to be 90 pills a day.
Parkins told authorities she took the pills for herself due to personal stress and her "current home life situation," deputies said.
In total, Parkins claims she stole about 4,500 pills, estimated at street level retail sales to be $112,500, according to VCSO. Deputies said Parkins then handed over 68 pills as evidence during the interview.
Parkins then agreed to a search of her vehicle and home in Deleon Springs. Inside the home, deputies found 17.5 Xanax pills. Parkins' registered pharmacists technician license was also taken as evidence, deputies said.
Parkins was later arrested and charged with grand theft of a controlled substance ($300 or more, less than $5,000), Trafficking in schedule II controlled substance (28 grams or more), and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.
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