Mesa police arrested a 61-year-old former CVS Pharmacy shift manager on Monday who is accused of stealing $85,000 worth of items from the drugstore and selling them on eBay over a period of nearly four years.
Donald Bocchino was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Monday on suspicion of possession of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property after police were alerted to Bocchino's alleged activities by an organized retail crime manager of CVS, according to police.
An investigation into the shrinking inventory of items at the store where Bocchino worked, 1151 E. McKellips Road, matched the items he was selling on eBay, according to police. Bocchino was a five-year employee of CVS, and the store where he worked had been showing poor inventory results for the last four years, according to police.
During the course of the investigation, workers at the CVS distribution center in California placed different stickers on the items Bocchino was suspected of stealing, and they showed up on his eBay account, police said.
The specific items Bocchino is accused of stealing and selling were not immediately available.
Between September 2008 and September 2009, an inventory search at that CVS store showed a retail loss of $20,284 alone, according to police.
Bocchino told authorities he had been stealing the items off the truck as they were delivered to the store for the last three and a half years, and that he would place containers the items were in along the side of the store and take them as he left, according to a police report.
When police executed a search warrant at his east Mesa home, a large U-Haul truck had to be used to remove the stolen items from the home, police said.