To some people, taking sick leave when not actually ill is a form of employee theft. But Michael Villafana, a registered nurse at the Highland Pines Nursing Home in Clearwater, upped the ante when he called in sick the day before Thanksgiving.
Then he allegedly showed up at work later that day—to rob the place.
Clearwater police say Villafana, wearing a mask and armed with a 9mm pistol, used his security code to slip into the nursing home and steal prescription painkillers. Villafana pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.
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