A woman has been charged in Ellis County District Court on drug and theft charges after a Hays man hired her business to care for his pets in his home last weekend.
Brooklyn Nicole Pitcock, 23, made a first appearance in court Tuesday and was charged with one felony count of unlawful possession of oxycodone, an opiate drug, and one misdemeanor count of theft, according to Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees.
Pitcock has no criminal history and was released on an own-recognizance bond.
If convicted of the charges, she could face a sentence of 10 to 12 months in prison for the drug felony, and up to one year in county jail and up to a $2,500 fine for the misdemeanor, Drees said.
The court did place conditions on her release, including remaining in Ellis and Russell counties unless given permission to leave.
“Probably most importantly the court ordered that she not have any contact with any previous, future or current customers in their residence while this is pending,” Drees said.
Pitcock, owner of Bon A Pet Treat, a pet hotel and bakery at 2202 Vine, is accused of taking the prescription oxycodone from the home of Dave Gray, who hired her for pet sitting in his home during the weekend.
Gray posted about a half hour of home security video to YouTube showing the petsitter and a male entering his home later than scheduled and then searching through cabinets and other parts of the house.
Gray’s girlfriend, Gina Quiles, posted a review on the business’ Facebook page describing the events on the video. Quiles said in her review the couple had boarded their pets with Bon A Pet Treat several times before, and decided to try the in-home service.
The Facebook page, as well as the business’ website, are no longer available. Calls to the business have not been returned.
Drees said people always should be careful about their homes and property.
“People have to be vigilant of their home and protection of their property. Don’t allow people into your home unless you’re going to be there,” he said.