DUNCAN, Okla. – An Oklahoma detention officer was fired after he admitted to stealing an inmate’s medication.
According to KSWO, Stephens County Detention Center officer Mitchell Lewis is without a job after he was caught stealing a handful of prescription pills that belonged to an inmate.
Officials were alerted to the theft when an inmate’s medication came up missing after it had been processed.
Investigators told KSWO that they initially thought the inmate took more than his prescribed dose, but later they reviewed surveillance video that showed Lewis tampering with the bottle.
When Lewis was confronted about the missing pills, officials say he became nervous and immediately admitted to taking them.
Lewis told a deputy that he threw the pills away after investigators became suspicious.
The man told authorities that he stole the pills because he had back pain and was hoping the five stolen hydrocodone pills would help him.
Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney says Lewis has been working for him for just under a year and had never been in any trouble at work or with the law.
Lewis was arrested for theft of a controlled substance from a person’s property.
He has since bonded out of jail.