MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a 36-year-old assisted living employee told a police officer it was a "crime of opportunity" after stealing a woman's prescription drugs after he delivered a hospice bed to the victim's home in Mount Pleasant.
On Tuesday morning, officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to a home on Royal Trace Lane in reference to someone taking prescription drugs from a home.
The complainant said that a man, later identified as 36-year-old Scott Ratley, delivered a hospice bed for her mother and stole Oxycontin pills off a table in her mother's room. A police report states Ratley works for an assisted living company, and was on scene when investigators arrived.
According to the complainant, her boyfriend saw the suspect put the pills in a center compartment in the van.
When the officers approached Scott and asked him about the incident, he told police that he did not take anything and that "it was ridiculous" that he was being accused of taking anything.
While officers were speaking with Scott, the complainant's boyfriend came outside and said he saw Scott put the pills in the center console. An officer went inside the house and found a total of 58 pills missing from victim's bottles.
Investigators then asked to search Scott's van to which he permitted.
Police say they opened the lid to the center console of Scott's van and found an orange prescription pill bottle which contained numerous small white pills and large pills. The bottle had Scott's name on it and stated there should be 12 pills in the bottle.
Scott told police that he had put additional pills into the bottle from his home.
Officers then compared the pills in Scott's bottle to the victim's pills and found them to be exactly the same.
Scott declined to talk further, and he was arrested.
A police report states that after Scott was read his Miranda rights he told an officer in the patrol car that he had taken the pills because it was a "crime of opportunity."