SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Investigators say two nurses at a California jail have been arrested for stealing prescription drugs intended for the medical care of inmates.

The San Jose Mercury News said 50-year-old Elmer Alegado and 54-year-old Rodolfo Idian were working at the Santa Clara County Jail when the drugs were pilfered.

An investigation began late last month because narcotics were missing from jail’s prescription stockpiles.

The nurses were booked and released.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

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