Police arrested a man March 5 for stealing more than 10,000 pills of prescription narcotics from a closed pharmacy at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation at 795 El Camino Real.
Officers and detectives investigating the burglary on March 2 found that drugs such as oxycodone, methadone and morphine had been stolen from an expired medicine locker and locked cabinets in the pharmacy.
Detectives working with Palo Alto Medical Foundation staff identified Jerry Silveira, a 34-year-old employee of the clinic, as the suspect for the burglary and obtained search warrants for his residence in Santa Clara and his vehicle.
Detectives conducted a vehicle stop as Silveira left the clinic on March 5 and arrested him after they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and some of the stolen prescription drugs in his vehicle, according to a police statement.
Police said they found the remaining drugs and additional methamphetamine at Silveira's residence later that evening.
The report stated that police were unable to estimate the drugs' relative street value because of their fluctuating prices.
Silveira faces felony charges of commercial burglary, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale and possession of stolen property. He is also accused of one misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police do not believe anyone else was involved in the theft and said that no patient information was compromised.
Cynthia Greaves, public affairs manager at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, said Silveira, who has since been terminated, worked in the facilities maintenance department of the clinic and had no patient-care responsibilities.