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Suspected pill thief gets laxatives instead of pain pills

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 14:22:44-05

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla.-- Jayme Ream had a feeling his roommate was stealing his prescription pills and he had a plan that no one else knew about.

"After work Monday night, I went to Walmart, bought a camera and no one knew," Ream says. "No one knew and I live with two other people."

Ream wasn't done.

He wanted to teach a lesson to the crook that was stealing his medicine.

"So, Monday night when I got the camera I also bought a bottle of ex-lax and I transferred the pain pills and moved the pain pills out and put the ex-lax in the other bottle," Ream explains. "And put it in there for him to get."

Ream's roommate, 56-year-old Peter Emery Jr., took the bait.

According to an arrest affidavit posted on the Smoking Gun, the suspect admitted that he took two pills that he believed were hydrocodone but he threw them away when he learned they were something else.

Police charged Emery Jr. with petit theft and violation of probation on prior possession charges, WFLA reported.

Police say what Ream did was not illegal.

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