NEW PORT RICHEY — Jill Borrero slipped the pills in her pocket, behind the counter of the Kmart pharmacy where she worked, thinking no one was looking, authorities said.
But the newly installed security camera caught her on tape.
Kmart's loss prevention district manager alerted New Port Richey police, who arrested Borrero on Wednesday afternoon on a charge of grand theft. She was released on $2,000 bail.
Borrero, a 50-year-old pharmacy technician, is accused of stealing hundreds of prescription pills over the past two months — a pocketful at a time.
"I didn't feel I was taking enough to cause anybody any grief," Borrero told Bay News 9, the St. Petersburg Times' coverage partner. "It was just a few."
But it added up. Over the past few months, police said, Borrero pocketed:
• 1,451 pills of 2-milligram Xanax.
• 149 pills of 1-milligram Xanax.
• 132 pills of 2.5-milligram hydrocodone.
• 20 pills of 1-milligram Lorazepam.
Altogether the pills are worth $999.58, New Port Richey police said.
Borrero, of 4424 Rudder Way, told police she took the pills for her sons.
"The two sons appear to have a substance abuse problem," said Lt. Steven Kostas. He added, "I'm sure there might have been a little drug sales going on on the side."
Borrero gave a different explanation to Bay News 9:
"The Xanax I took as a stress thing," she said. "The Vicodin I took because my son has very bad teeth, and he's always got a toothache, so I was just trying to help him out."
The manager at the Kmart at 5725 U.S. 19 referred media inquiries to the company's corporate spokeswoman, who declined to comment other than to say the store is fully cooperating with the police investigation.
It's unclear how long Borrero had worked at the store. But Kostas said the security camera was just installed in the pharmacy on Sunday.
He said it caught footage of Borrero pocketing a handful of pills Monday — and a whole bottle Tuesday.