Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Criminal Investigations Division
Alexander M. Lansky (Arrested – Pinellas County Jail Property Clerk)
Hire Date: 09/24/2012
Arrested for five-counts grand theft and five-counts possession of prescription pills.
Victims: Five inmates at the Pinellas County Jail
A Property Clerk at the Pinellas County Jail has been arrested for the theft of about 176 prescription pills that he removed from the property of at least five inmates at the Pinellas County Jail. The pills lawfully prescribed to each of the five inmates were being kept in the inmate property vault of the jail until such time that the inmates would be released and their property returned to them. Detectives say the suspect removed the pills a few at a time over a period of several months.
Detectives say the theft of the pills occurred from about February to October 2013.
The theft of pills occurred at the Pinellas County Jail.
According to detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, the investigation began on October 19th, 2013 when an inmate bonded out of the Pinellas County Jail, received his property and discovered he was missing some Oxycodone pills from a prescription pill bottle that he had in his possession when he was booked into the jail. The inmate reported that when his property was returned to him, the prescription pill bottle which contained a total of 27 Oxycodone – now only contained 14 pills.
Detectives began their investigation which included the review of surveillance video from October 18th, 2013 which showed the Property Clerk identified as 26-year-old Alexander M. Lansky extracting a bag from the property area, disappearing from camera view and then returning to view and placing the bag back to its storage location.
During the course of the investigation detectives also discovered that another inmate who was released from Pinellas County Jail in June, reported that all 87 Oxycodones from his lawfully obtained prescription pill bottle were missing.
Detectives conducted an interview with Lansky on October 22, 2013. Detectives say Lansky admitted to taking the pills from the stored property of both inmates; and further admitted to taking prescription pills from the stored property of three additional inmates. The pills taken included Vicodin; Percocet; and Morphine. Detectives say Lansky took the pills a few at a time from about February to October 2013. Lansky further admitted that he has an addiction problem and that the pills were for his personal consumption. Detectives say at this time there is no indication that the prescription pills were distributed to anyone else.
Lansky was arrested for five-counts grand theft (theft of a prescription drug is a felony), and five counts of possession of prescription pills. Lansky has resigned from his position as Property Clerk.
The booking photo of the suspect is posted below.
The investigation continues.