PORTAGE — A CVS employee was arrested Wednesday night and charged with stealing $5,713 of medication over a three-year period.

Tammie Armstrong, 57, of Portage, was charged with felony theft.

According to police, officers were called to CVS, 3240 Willowcreek Road, just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The loss prevention officer at the store said they had been investigating Armstrong regarding the theft of medication from January 2013 to the present. The loss prevention officer told police Armstrong had been removing tablets of Phentermine from the store.

According to the Drugs.com website, Phentermine is similar to an amphetamine and is usually prescribed for weight loss.

Armstrong told police she had been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and when she lost her medical benefits, she stole the pills to self-medicate. She told police she took a few pills at a time and concealed them in her pocket.

In all, the 3,717 missing tablets were valued at $5,713.

Armstrong was transported to Porter County Jail.

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Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.