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Police Recover Stolen Defibrillators

Associated Press

December 31, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Police say five defibrillators recently stolen from central Ohio hospitals have turned up at a secondhand store.

Columbus police say the lifesaving heart devices were recovered Wednesday on a tip from someone who had seen them and heard about the thefts. Detective Brian Lacy says the shopkeeper is cooperating and didn’t know the equipment was stolen.

Ohio State University Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital have reported the thefts of several defibrillators since November. They said each machine was worth $10,000 or more.

The store’s price was $4,000.

Lacy says investigators are focusing on a man arrested Dec. 24 at a third hospital and charged with burglary when he was allegedly found with three laptop computers in a suitcase.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


December 31, 2009 01:58 PM EST

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    darsavmo

    over 4 years ago

    11362 Comments

    Wouldn't it be ironic if the thief got a heart attack and no defibrillator was available because it was stolen...

  • Ba_old_glory_max50

    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    43954 Comments

    Duh gee George, which way did he go? Didn't know they were stolen, my eye. Glad they got the defibs back.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Glad they got the machines back.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Someone goes into a pawn shop w/ 5 defibrillators, and the shop owener "Didn't know they were stolen."

    COME ON!!!! That's B.S. and we all know it! Something like that should be enough for even the stupidist person to suspect somethings up!

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    grant319

    over 4 years ago

    1208 Comments

    In Arkansas thats called theft by receiving. If they would charge some of these store owners and get the word out (even if they don't get convictions) maybe then there wouldn't be a market for them anymore.

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    Jima

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    Good work! some people will do anything for a buck..

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Gave thumbs up for a good job.
    Stealing life-saving machines... There is no limit to how low some scum bags can get.

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Glad they found the machines.. Now to charge the suspect and lock him up for good..

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