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Hundreds of pills stolen from Atascadero urgent care facility, police say

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An investigation has been launched into the theft of thousands of pills over the past two years from an Atascadero urgent care facility, Atascadero police confirm to KSBY News. 

Police say the business notified them about two weeks ago of the theft of more than 800 Norco pills, estimated to be worth more than $10,000. 

The suspect is reportedly a former employee at the urgent care facility, located on the 9700 block of El Camino Real, according to police; however, no arrests have been made and no charges filed. 

"She (the suspect) was altering patient records to make it seem like they needed to order more pills than they necessarily needed to give out.," said Sgt. Caleb Davis with the Atascadero Police Department. "The pills would not make it into the medical facility and they were taken at that time. That's basically how she was able to take so many pills without the business knowing."

Atascadero police say they are working with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and add that several felony charges could be filed once their investigation is complete. 

The urgent care facility could not immediately be reached for comment. 

*Police initially told KSBY News 8,000 pills had been taken from the facility, but later clarified that number, saying it was instead 800. 

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