call-in-the-authoritiesA Locust man who worked at the CVS pharmacy in Little Silver has been charged with stealing painkillers from the store, borough police said Wednesday.

Stephen Matthews 2nd, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing 1,614 tablets of the narcotics hydrocodone and oxycodone, with an estimated street value exceeding $20,000, according to an announcement by Detective Gregory Oliva, who made the arrest with Patrolman Andrew Smith.

Matthews was employed at the Prospect Avenue store as a technician, Oliva said.

From the LSPD:

The investigation revealed that [Matthews] had taken the pills from the pharmacy stock without authorization dating from September 2012 until August 2013. Matthews was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, possession of prescription legend drugs and obtaining CDS by fraud. Matthews was released on $15,000 bail pending court.