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Pharmacist accused of stealing nearly 500 Oxycodone pills

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A Manatee County pharmacist has been arrested for taking pills from his employer, authorities say.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Division were led to 33-year-old Cody Bennett when they received a complaint of suspicion activity at the Manatee Discount Pharmacy.

Deputies say nearly 500 Oxycodone pills were reported missing.

When deputies caught up with Bennett, he has some of those pills hidden in his pockets.

Bennett eventually told deputies that he had been taking controlled substances from his place of employment since September of 2017.

"As a result of the arrest Bennett was fired, and trespassed from the pharmacy," Manatee Sheriff's Office said in a press release.