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Pinellas jail clerk faces charges in missing pills case

A Pinellas County Jail property clerk was arrested Tuesday after he admitted to stealing prescription pills from inmates, the sheriff’s office said.

Alexander Lansky, 26, was charged with five counts of grand theft and five counts of possession of prescription pills. He also resigned from his position.

The investigation began on Saturday when an inmate who was released from the jail received his property and realized he was missing pills from an Oxycodone prescription bottle that he legally had in his possession when he was booked into jail. The inmate’s Oxycodone pill bottle contained 27 pills when he was booked into jail and 14 when he was released, the sheriff’s office said.

During the investigation, detectives learned that an inmate who was released in June complained that all 87 Oxycodone pills were gone from his legal prescription pill bottle.

Detectives also viewed surveillance video from the jail that showed Lansky taking a bag from the property area. He then disappeared from the camera view and returned into the room to place the bag in storage, the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives interviewed Lansky on Tuesday, and he admitted taking the pills stored in the property room, the sheriff’s office said. He stole pills from five inmates from February to October, the sheriff’s office said.

The pills he stole included Vicodin, Percocet and morphine, the sheriff’s office said.

Lansky told investigators that he was addicted and the pills were for personal consumption.

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