Lawn Keeper Arrested After Stealing Hydrocodone From Employer

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
Kaleb Murphy
Kaleb Murphy

A woman called police after she discovered her lawn keeper in her home, stealing her husband's prescribed hydrocodone pills.

The woman told police she was inside the house when she heard a loud noise, followed by the sound of the door opening. 

Knowing her husband would not be home for several hours, she became frightened. She decided to hide in her bathroom, staying quiet.

As she listened to the intruder, she heard the sound of pills being poured out. Shortly after, she heard the door shut. 

At this point, she ran out of the bathroom to see what had happened. Looking outside, she recognized her lawn keeper, 22-year-old Kaleb Murphy.

She asked him if he had taken the medication.

At first, she said he told her "he hadn't taken anything and he was sorry." However, she saw him holding what looked like a yellow pill in his hand. 

After she repeated the question, Murphy reluctantly placed the rest of the pills on the porch hand railing before quickly leaving.

When police arrived, they counted 25 pills that Murphy had intended to take. Later, he turned himself in. 

Murphy was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property.


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