Prosecutors charged a pharmacy technician with figuratively pocketing at least 17,000 prescription pills worth more than $6,600.
Marianne J. Folk, 32, pleaded innocent Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to one count of first-degree theft.
The charge includes the aggravating circumstance allegation that she used her position of trust to commit the crime.
Folk worked at the Walgreens on the corner of Clearwater Avenue and Highway 395 when the theft reportedly occurred during a year starting in October 2013.
The store’s asset protection manager told Kennewick police that inventory checks in the pharmacy showed a large number of pain pills and muscle relaxers missing, according to court documents.
He said the store had redirected a security camera to cover the back stock area and footage showed Folk grabbing a bottle and either walking out of view or pouring the bottle into her pocket, documents said.
The employee was interviewed Oct. 7 by the asset protection manager and allegedly admitted taking about 15,000 hydrocodone pills and 2,000 carisoprodol pills.
Folk, of Kennewick, has a trial date scheduled for March 9.