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$10,000 in prescription drugs taken from Atascadero Urgent Care

This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows pills of the painkiller hydrocodone at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. AP

About $10,000 worth of hydrocodone was taken from Atascadero Urgent Care, possibly by an employee, police confirmed Thursday.

Police were called to the medical office, located at 9700 El Camino Real, on Sept. 22, on a report of embezzlement of prescription drugs, said Atascadero police Sgt. Caleb Davis.

As detectives investigated, they found that 675 bottles of hydrocodone, which translates to more than 800 pills with a value of approximately $10,000, had been taken from the clinic. Detectives also found information that led them to believe the medication was taken by an Urgent Care employee, Davis said.

Police will be sending their report to the District Attorney’s Office, so it can file charges of felony embezzlement and altering patient medical records, Davis said. He added that no one has been arrested so far and the matter is still under investigation.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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