By PoliceOne Staff

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. — A man accused of stealing hydrocodone pills mistakenly walked away with laxatives instead, local news station WTSP reports.

Peter Emery Jr., 56, was caught on camera stealing from a lock box containing pills, grabbing a bottle labeled “hydrocodone acetaminophen” and taking a few of the pills, according to a police report.

When police confronted him, Emery admitted to taking two pills but throwing away the rest when he learned they weren’t hydrocodone.

The pills were Equate over-the-counter laxatives.

Emery was arrested and charged with petit theft on Jan. 24. He has also been convicted of theft in November 2015 and January 2014.

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