CLEARWATER - A property clerk at the Pinellas County Jail was arrested for the theft of about 176 prescription pills that he removed from the property of at least five inmates at the Pinellas County Jail.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives said the theft of pills occurred from about February to October.
The pills lawfully prescribed to each of the five inmates were being kept in the inmate property vault of the jail until such time that the inmates would be released and their property returned to them. Detectives say the suspect removed the pills a few at a time over a period of several months.
According to detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, the investigation began on Oct. 19, when an inmate bonded out of jail, received his property and discovered he was missing some Oxycodone pills from a prescription pill bottle that he had in his possession when he was booked into the jail. The inmate reported that when his property was returned to him, the prescription pill bottle, which contained a total of 27 Oxycodone – now only contained 14 pills.
Detectives reviewed surveillance video from Oct. 18, which showed Alexander M. Lansky, 26, extracting a bag from the property area, disappearing from camera view and then returning to view and placing the bag back to its storage location.
During the course of the investigation, detectives also discovered that another inmate who was released from the jail in June, reported that all 87 Oxycodones from his lawfully obtained prescription pill bottle were missing.
Detectives conducted an interview with Lansky Oct. 22. Detectives said Lansky admitted to taking the pills from the stored property of both inmates; and further admitted to taking prescription pills from the stored property of three additional inmates. The pills taken included vicodin, percocet and morphine. Lansky allegedly admitted that he has an addiction problem and that the pills were for his personal consumption. Detectives said at this time there is no indication that the prescription pills were distributed to anyone else.
Lansky was arrested for five counts grand theft and five counts of possession of prescription pills. Theft of a prescription drug is a felony. He was released from jail Oct. 22 on $20,000 bond.
Lansky has resigned from his position as property clerk.