A Jeffersonville woman is behind bars after police say she stole a large quantity of prescription pills from her employer.
Police say 34-year-old Amanda Stuart was recently hired by the Burlington Drug Company in Milton to sort and scan outgoing shipments. During her first day on the job, they say Stuart stole more than 1,000 pills and sent the empty bottles to pharmacies. They say she also pocketed hundreds of Suboxone strips. Three hours later she told her boss she had to leave for a family emergency. The company called police after pharmacies complained about the botched shipments. Police say warehouse surveillance video shows Stuart stealing the drugs. And they were only able to recover some of the stolen pills.
"She stole a pill bottle with a 1,000 pills in it. That's 1,000 pills of a narcotic that are regulated by the U.S. government and pharmacies. It's now on the streets somewhere in someone else's hands to be sold or distributed," said Milton Police Det. Cpl. Paul Locke.
Police say Stuart has an extensive criminal history, with pending cases in three different counties, yet she was able to get her hands on the drugs because she allegedly lied about her background on the job application.
Stuart has not yet been arraigned on these new charges. She is being held for a lack of $20,000 bail. Police say she could also face federal drug charges.