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DEA: Walmart pharmacy worker stole $100,000 in pills

7:14 AM, Oct 19, 2013   |    comments
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DELAND, Fla. - A pharmacy worker is under arrest, accused of stealing $100,000 worth of pills from Walmart over a period of eight months.

By her own admission, Rachel Parkins stole more than 4,500 hydrocodone pills since February, authorities said, but the Drug Enforcement Agency said the number could be as high as 20,000.

The DEA arrested Parkins this week. According to the arrest record, Parkins admitted to stealing up to 90 pills a day.

A pharmacy tech at the Walmart on North Woodland Boulevard in Deland where she worked said they had no comment. WESH 2's calls to Walmart's corporate office were not returned.

Nathan Pixley is taking pain medication for a bad back and says incidents like this make it harder for him to get the medicine he needs.

"People like that give us all a bad name and makes it a lot harder for me, who actually needs to get my medication," he said.

The DEA said it's an ongoing investigation and more arrests are possible.

Parkins is being held on $27,000 bond.


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