OROVILLE — The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force arrested an Oroville man Tuesday who worked as a janitor at Oroville Hospital on suspicion of stealing narcotics from Crystal Pharmacy.

The joint investigation by BINTF and Oroville Police Department, in cooperation with hospital administration, led to the arrest of William Danial Harp, 42, of Oroville, according to Oroville police.

On Monday, Oroville police investigated a reported medication theft at Crystal Pharmacy, 2809 Olive Hwy.

Pharmacy staff reported more than 1,000 narcotic prescription pills had been stolen from the pharmacy during the previous two weeks.

The pills had been filled and labeled for customer pick-up. During the investigation, officers obtained video surveillance that reportedly identified the suspect committing the thefts while working as a janitor for the hospital.

The department turned the investigation over to the narcotics task force, which worked closely with medical center staff over the next two days.

BINTF agents arrested Harp at the pharmacy around 7 p.m. Tuesday, after he allegedly committed another theft and was found in possession of the stolen narcotic prescription medication, according to a press release.

Videos reportedly showed Harp committing three separate thefts while performing janitorial duties inside the pharmacy over a four-day period.

BINTF agents had a search warrant for Harp”s residence and went there after his arrest.

Agents found more stolen narcotic medications during the search.

Harp was later booked into the Butte County Jail on three counts of grand theft, possession of stolen property and possession of specified controlled substances.

BINTF Commander Jeff Smith said Wednesday there”s no indication Harp was selling the prescription drugs.

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