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Sarasota veterinary technician charged with stealing drugs from 2 clinics

SARASOTA -- A veterinary technician formerly employed at two Sarasota clinics turned herself in Wednesday and is charged with stealing drugs from her employers, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Danielle Bennett, 30, told deputies she stole fentanyl, midazolam and diazepam from Critical Vet Care, located at 4937 S. Tamiami Trail, and Sarasota Companion Animal Neurology, located at 7005 S. Tamiami Trail, to support her drug addiction, according to arrest reports.

Bottles of fentanyl, midazolam and diazepam were all found missing during an audit of controlled substances at Critical Vet Care on May 18, deputies said. The owner and manager at the clinic met with Bennett, who admitted to taking the two of five bottles missing and returned the empty bottles to the owner. She denied taking the other three.

In an interview with law enforcement on Tuesday, Bennett told deputies she took three of the five missing bottles.

Bennett was then caught on surveillance video at Sarasota Companion Animal Neurology on May 28 tampering with a bottle of diazepam, according to reports. She was seen removing the medication from the bottle and replacing it with a clear liquid.

The clinic owner there confronted her about the footage, and Bennett said she had taken the medication and replaced it with sterile water, deputies said. She told the owner that she had a drug problem.

Bennett is charged with four felony counts of grand theft of a controlled substance and was released from the Sarasota County jail after posting $6,000 bond.