VERO BEACH – A 29-year-old home health aide worker was arrested after she was caught stealing pills from her patient’s Oxycodone bottle and jewelry, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
Alexandra Danielle Morton, of Vero Beach, was charged Wednesday with two counts of Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Petit Theft, and Resisting Arrest.
The investigation started on January 15th after the patient called law enforcement after suspecting that her health aide worker was stealing prescriptions and other items from her home.
Investigators placed a video survivance camera near the area where the patient kept her Oxycodone. They watched Morton cautiously approach the area and “pick the prescription bottle up as she looked over her left shoulder to ensure she was alone within the room,” the affidavit said.
Morton was observed, on camera, removing numerous pills from the Oxycodone bottle before replacing the lid and returning it. She was then seen concealing the pills in her purse.
Investigators then watched Morton enter the patient’s bedroom and conceal an item in her purse that she obtained from a rectangular jewelry box. The article was later determined to be a yellow gold plated bracelet that was purchased by the patient for $30. At the end of her visit, the patient paid Morton $70 for her health aide services.
Morton left the residence and investigators conducted a traffic stop on her vehicle. Detectives placed her under arrest for the stolen Oxycodone and bracelet. Morton stole 12 pills out of a bottle that contained 60, according to the arrest affidavit.
When questioned about the Oxycodone, Morton said she took one pill because “she was not feeling well,” according to the report. She also denied taking the bracelet, reports show.
Morton was informed that she was caught on camera concealing the jewelry and the pills; however, she continued to deny the theft, the report said.
Morton was transported to the Indian River County Jail where she is still being held on a $22,000 bond.
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