A Rotterdam CVS pharmacy technician was charged Sunday with stealing an estimated $62,000 in medication from the store over the past year, police said.
Ronald S. Talbot, Jr., 26, of 1175 Fort Hunter Road, is accused of using his position at the pharmacy to take more than 40 bottles of Xanax and 50 bottles of Viagra, police said. He has worked at the store for eight years.
Police are trying to determine exactly what he was doing with the pills, police spokesman Lt. Michael Brown said Monday, including whether he was selling them.
Police found nearly 200 Xanax pills and more than 130 Viagra pills at Talbot’s home on Sunday.
Talbot allegedly claimed he took them for personal use, but police don’t necessarily believe that, Brown said. He noted the sheer number of pills taken, including more than 1,500 Viagra pills.
It could not be determined Monday if Talbot had an attorney.
The pharmacy began investigating in December after a yearly audit found discrepancies in pill numbers. As CVS investigators looked further, they found some orders were made after business hours.
Store investigators then started surveillance. They allegedly spotted Talbot doing some suspicious things. On Sunday, they said, they saw him go alone into the pharmacy area where the pills are stored, then head immediately to the break room.
Questioned by store investigators, Talbot turned over six bottles of pills taken that day, three of each kind, investigators said. He then allegedly admitted to committing similar thefts over the past year.
Talbot was charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.
The larceny count relates to the alleged theft of pills valued at an estimated $62,000.
The drug count relates to possession of the Xanax in the store on Sunday.
More charges could be filed, Brown said. Talbot was arraigned and ordered held.