More charges for pest control worker charged in pharmacy Oxycodone thefts

Antonio Donnell Mitchell

By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

Tuesday update

     More charges have been filed against a pest control employee accused last week in the theft of tens of thousands of dollars worth or prescription medication  from Baldwin Hills Pharmacy in Whiteville, the Columbus County Sherff’s Office reports.

     Antonio Donnell Mitchell, 27, of Tart Road in Clarkton was re-arrested Tuesday, charged with eight new felony counts of trafficking opium or heroin and a single count of felony larceny, sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Tatum said.

     Surveillance video from the pharmacy on Jefferson Street in Whiteville shows that Mitchell took 6,312 Oxycodone tablets from the pharmacy betwen May 28 and July 16, Tatum said.

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Friday post

    A pest control company employee has been charged in the theft of $8,000 worth of prescription narcotics from a Whiteville pharmacy, Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said Friday.

     Antonio Donnell Mitchell, 27, of Tart Road, Clarkton, was arrested Thursday after sheriff’s Vice/Narcotics detectives conducted a traffic stop related to the pharmacy theft investigation, Hatcher said in a news release.

     Charged with four counts of trafficking opium or heroin and one count of larceny, all felonies, Mitchell was booked into the Columbus County Detention Center under a $75,000 secured bond, Hatcher said.

Recovered Oxycodone

Baldwin Woods

     Inventory discrepancies prompted a pharmacist at Baldwin Woods Pharmacy to contact the sheriff’s office Thursday, Hatcher said.

     Responding to the business at 607 Jefferson Street in Whiteville, detectives “discovered that an outside contractor gained access to the pharmacy while performing his job duties,” the news release said.

     Mitchell is accused of taking 700 Oxycodone tablets from the pharmacy while working there earlier in the day on Thursday, the news release said.

     Detectives found Mitchell, driving a pest control company vehicle, in the parking lot at Bojangles’ in Whiteville, and arrested him there.

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