Police: Employee steals pain medication from veterinary hospital

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A 45-year-old woman is accused of stealing pain medication while working for a local veterinary hospital, police say.

James City County Police Department police car
James City County Police Department police car

Jennifer Manning was charged with felony embezzlement on Sept. 22 after police say she stole at least 17 bottles of Tramadol from the Jolly Pond Veterinary Hospital, located at 3800 Longhill Road, James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams wrote in an email.

Manning is accused of stealing the medication while accepting deliveries from Feb. 2, 2015 to Sept. 2 as an employee of the veterinary hospital. Police believe she took one full bottle from some deliveries and only logged the remaining bottles, Williams wrote.

Police believe Manning stole about $385 worth of Tramadol. The Drug Enforcement Administration considers the medication a schedule four drug, meaning it has a low potential for abuse and dependence. Other schedule four drugs include Xanax and Valium.

Tramadol is used as a pain killer for moderate and severe pain, including surgical pain. It can become habit forming if used for a long time, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Manning’s case is scheduled to be heard in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on Oct. 4.

 

Police: Employee steals pain medication from veterinary hospital