Police: Lufkin woman admits to taking 1,200 pills from employer

Courtney Peterson (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Courtney Peterson (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have arrested a Lufkin woman who they say admitted to stealing more than 1,200 pain pills from the pharmacy in which she worked.

Courtney Leann Peterson, 28, is charged with Class A possession of a controlled substance.

According to the police report, Peterson worked as a shift leader at Walgreen's, located in the 1000 block of West Frank Avenue.

Peterson said she had been stealing Hydrocodone from the pharmacy since May after becoming addicted to it as a result of surgery, according to the report.

She admitted to taking 1,274 pills, which are worth $993.72.

Police arrested her at 1:22 p.m. Monday and she has since posted a $1,500 bond.

According to the police report's narrative, an LPD corporal met with a Walgreen's loss-prevention specialist on Monday. The loss-prevention specialist said that he had been in the area investigating the fact that the numbers on the pill inventories were not coming out right. He also told the officer that the common factor was that Peterson was when Peterson, a shift leader, was working around the pharmacy.

"He looked at some video and discovered that he could see Peterson on camera taking the bottles of Hydrocodone 1./325mg from the shelf, walking around the shelf corner where she could not be seen on camera, and then coming back into view on camera," the narrative stated.

When the LPD corporal entered the room with the loss prevention specialist and Peterson, the loss-prevention specialist told the officer that Peterson still had some of the stolen pills in her possession, the narrative stated. Nineteen Hydrocodone pills were on a napikin in front of her.

The report stated that Peterson admitted she stole the pills on July 21 and had stored them in a prescription bottle for other medication in her purse.

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