A Jackson area man faces two charges after he allegedly stole prescription pills from an unattended cart at the Jackson Walmart store last Saturday afternoon, March 11.
Jackson Police report that Matthew A. Floyd, 36, of Jisco West Road, Jackson, faces charges of Theft Of Drugs and Possession Of Drugs as a result of the incident. Police say the store's video surveillance system was instrumental in leading to his identification and arrest, which occurred just two hours after the theft.
Police were notified at 12:30 p.m. Saturday that Thomas Pratt of Chillicothe Street, Jackson, had reported the theft of prescription drugs which he had just purchased at the Walmart pharmacy. Pratt had left a bag containing his newly purchased prescription medication in a motorized cart in the store's breezeway, then departed from the store.
When Pratt realized he had left behind his medicine and went back to the cart, he found the bag was no longer there. When he went to the pharmacy department to see if the bag had turned in, he was relieved to see it had been turned in, but he then discovered that one of the bottles of pills was missing from the bag.
Police and store personnel immediately checked surveillance videotape, which showed a male taking the bag from the unattended motorized cart, then going to his parked vehicle in the parking lot. He then returned to the store with the bag and turned it into the pharmacy department, allegedly minus one bottle of pills. Police, however, were able to make a tentative identification from the surveillance videotape and the search was on for Floyd.
At 2:38 p.m. that same afternoon, officers on patrol were able to locate Floyd driving his vehicle on East Street in Jackson and conducted a traffic stop. After a canine alerted on the vehicle, a search was conducted and officers found a bottle of prescription pills with Thomas Pratt's name on it. The prescription was for 90 pills, but there was only 25 pills remaining in the bottle.