Woman accused of stealing pills from pharmacy

ELKINS – An Elkins woman was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing thousands of pills from CVS Pharmacy in Elkins while she was employed by the store.

Amber S. Ketterman, 26, of Elkins, was charged with one felony count of obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge. Ketterman is free on a $15,000 personal recognizance bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Sgt. P.B. Cork of the West Virginia State Police received a complaint from the CVS Pharmacy Regional Loss Prevention manager.

Police were told a former pharmacy technician, identified as Ketterman, was “recently terminated from the Elkins CVS store following an internal investigation which concluded she had stolen a quantity of Alprozalam medication that was unaccounted for during inventory reconciliation.”

The investigation determined that “536 units of 2mg Alprazolam was missing from store inventory with a value of $384.99,” as well as “1,917 units of 1mg Alprazolam with a value of $864.99,” from April 30, 2013, to March 28, according to the complaint.

Ketterman provided a statement to the CVS Pharmacy Regional Loss Prevention Manager in which she admitted to “concealing and removing Alprazolam from the Elkins CVS Pharmacy during the time she was employed and when the inventory indicated it was missing.”

Cork obtained a statement from Ketterman saying that she “removed 1mg and 2mg Alprazolam from the Elkins CVS Pharmacy during the time she was employed by the business,” and that she would “conceal the medication in order to remove it from the store,” according to the complaint.

Ketterman also advised that she sold the medication, which consisted of bottles and loose pills.