VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - On Tuesday, police found and arrested a suspect accused of stealing more than 200 pounds of x-ray film from Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital last year.
The man, identified as 41-year-old Jerry Days of Brooklyn, New York, entered the hospital with another unknown suspect on August 1, 2012 at approximately 1:20 a.m. The two attempted to retrieve x-ray films, but the hospital security staff turned the men away since they didn't have proper identification.
A short while later, the suspects returned and went directly to the radiology department. According to police, the men told a hospital employee that they needed to pick up some x-ray films. They were directed to the film room, where the suspects managed to steal more than 200 pounds of film.
"It's unusual, obviously," Sentara Interim President Dr. Thomas Thames said several days after the theft. "It's something that you hope to never happen at your facility. They clearly had the knowledge of what takes place in hospitals and the recycling of films."
Police said silver is what the men were after; they said nationwide, suspects are stealing x-ray film for the silver.
Detectives learned of Days' identity through the investigation following the theft. On Tuesday, Days was arrested in New York and extradited to Virginia Beach. He was charged with burglary and petit larceny.
Days' accomplice is still at large. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Office at 1-888-Lock-U-Up.
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