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Deputies: Pharmacy tech starts job, immediately starts stealing bottles of pills

Katie Williams, 28, arrested month after hire date

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A pharmacy technician at Pierson Community Pharmacy wasn't aiming for employee of the month when Volusia County deputies say she started stealing prescription drugs days after she started her new job.

Officials with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Katie Williams, 28, of Daytona Beach, was caught on camera taking bottles of pills from her new employer.

Williams was arrested May 25 on grand theft and trafficking oxycodone charges and then arrested again once deputies said they determined the extent of her alleged thefts.

Deputies said the owner of Pierson Community Pharmacy realized that several bottles of oxycodone and amphetamine pills were missing on May 25 during inventory of the pharmacy safe.

Surveillance video cameras placed directly above the safe showed Williams taking the bottles and putting them under her shirt, deputies said.

Arrest: Pierson Pharmacy pill thefts

NEWLY HIRED PIERSON PHARMACY TECH CAUGHT ON VIDEO STEALING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS A Pierson pharmacy technician is behind bars on charges she stole more than a dozen bottles of prescription drugs in just a few days of employment – and the thefts were captured on video. Early this morning, 28-year-old Katie Jean Williams (DOB 5/16/1990) of Daytona Beach was arrested on drug charges for the second time in three weeks. Sheriff’s deputies initially arrested her May 25 on charges of grand theft and trafficking in Oxycodone, before the full extent of her theft was determined. May 25 was the day a sheriff’s deputy was first dispatched to Pierson Community Pharmacy after the owner discovered several bottles missing during inventory. At the time, the pharmacy was missing at least 200 15mg Oxycodone pills, 200 30mg Oxycodone pills and 100 20mg Amphetamine pills. Video surveillance clearly showed Williams take bottles out of the pharmacy’s safe and place them under her shirt. In the coming days, a follow-up audit would reveal several more missing bottles and additional video evidence of Williams stealing pills on May 8 (two bottles of Phentermine), May 9 (one bottle of Diazepam), May 10 (two bottles of Oxycodone – a trafficking amount) and twice on May 11 (two bottles of Alprazolam). Williams, who had only been employed with the pharmacy for about a month, was additionally charged today with trafficking in Oxycodone and four counts of possession of a Schedule IV substance. She was being held on $70,000 bail this morning at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Posted by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Friday, June 15, 2018

Further investigation after Williams' arrest revealed that she had also stolen bottles on May 8-11, deputies said.

Williams was employed at the pharmacy for a month, before she was arrested.

On Friday, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office added additional trafficking and possession charges against Williams.

She is being held on a $70,000 bail in the Volusia County Branch Jail.