JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who is said to have bought and used enemas and returned them to the store where they were resold.
Police say the suspect would visit the CVS at the 9500 block of San Jose Boulevard and buy a pack of enemas, use them, reseal and return the pack with the appearance to have been unused. The store, not knowing the enemas were used, would place the product back on shelves. The suspect would do it over and over again.
Earlier this month a CVS employee noticed the same person returning the box of enemas. The employee checked the box and found that all six of the enemas inside had been used. The employee also checked and found three other boxes were used.
The suspect again came back and tried to return a box of enemas he bought the day before and CVS would not allow him to. They were able to get his vehicle description and tag number.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was able to track him down through the tag number and credit card purchases had made at the store. He has been arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant.
Samples of the fluid in the enemas were taken to the Florida Department of Health for testing. Fecal matter was found on some of enema bottles that were returned.
Police say the suspect has been going to the pharmacy since March of this year and has been returning the enemas since April.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, FDLE and the Federal Food and Drug Administration are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Florida District Consumer Complaint Coordinator at 866-337-6272.
A CVS spokesperson gave us this statement:
Because the health and safety of our customers is our top priority, we alerted the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that as many as twelve enema packages sold at our San Jose Blvd. store in Jacksonville between April 10 and June 12 were possibly used by a customer who then returned them with re-sealed packaging to make the products appear unopened. Based on our own investigation and examination of our transaction records, we do not believe any other CVS stores or any other products are affected.
We are fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation of this matter and will work with them to assure that the individual responsible is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Also, out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively contacting all twenty-one customers we’ve identified who purchased any of the potentially impacted enema products at the store within this period of time and have succeeded in reaching more than half of them. We have also placed signage in the store to direct customers who may have purchased any of the affected products to contact us immediately.
Anyone who purchased an enema product at our San Jose Blvd. store in Jacksonville between April 10 and June 12 should contact us toll-free at 1-866-559-8861 for more information.