LARGO – The temptation proved to be too much for Bryan Ferguson.
The 28-year-old St. Petersburg man was supposed to be installing carpet at Grand Villa of Largo, an assisted living facility.
Instead, staff members told police they found him in the medical equipment room Friday evening. They also discovered prescription pills, including the anti-anxiety medicine Xanax and the painkiller hydrocodone, missing.
Suspicious, they called the authorities.
"We discovered the guy in the medicine room. He was not an employee," said executive director Larry Prescott. "He was an outside contractor."
Staff members confronted Ferguson, who immediately returned the pills, according to an arrest affidavit. All but two hydrocodone tablets were recovered.
Ferguson was arrested on a charge of grand theft from a dwelling.
"According to the defendant, he is a recovering drug addict and saw the opportunity to take the pills so he did," a Largo police officer wrote in a report.
Ferguson remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $5,000 bail.