Wal-Mart worker arrested for pill thefts

PARKERSBURG – An employee at Wal-Mart in south Parkersburg was charged Saturday with taking generic Xanax pills from the pharmacy, the Parkersburg Police Department said.

William Kirk Thompson, 45, 1912 Hamilton St., Parkersburg, was cited for felony embezzlement, said police Sgt. Greg Collins.

Officers were dispatched at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to the store at 2900 Pike St. where the management said during routine inventories in the pharmacy, staff discovered a significant shortage in Alprazolam, a generic Xanax, which is an antidepressant.

The store reviewed video surveillance footage that showed a janitor taking the pills on numerous occasions from at least December, Collins said.

Thompson cooperated with officers by admitting to the crime, Collins said. Thompson also voluntarily turned over around 2,200 pills that were at his residence.

Thompson was interviewed at police headquarters by Detective T.P. Wolfe and was charged with felony charge embezzlement. He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and released on $10,000 bond.

Also, the police department Sunday afternoon arrested a South Carolina man after a traffic stop at 16th and Ramsey streets where Officer J.R. Snyder saw the handle of a gun when the glove box was opened, Collins said.

Perry Darnell Keitt, 39, Orangeburg, S.C., was charged with possessing a firearm while under prohibition. He was arraigned in magistrate court and released on a $10,000 bond.

The traffic stop on a 2002 Lincoln Navigator occurred around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Collins said. While speaking to the driver, Snyder saw the handle of a firearm when the glove box was opened and Officer D.D. Donaldson secured the Kel Tech 9mm handgun without incident, Collins said.

A check of Keitt’s South Carolina driver’s license showed it was suspended. Keitt was taken into custody for carrying a concealed deadly weapon and driving on a suspended license, Collins said.

However, a criminal records check revealed Keitt had a conviction on Aug. 1, 1996, for battery of a high and aggravated nature from Orangeburg County, S.C., Collins said.

He was processed on the felony charge of prohibited person in possession of a firearm. All other applicable charges will be addressed during court proceedings, Collins said.