VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Two men driving a moving truck are accused of stealing more than 200 pounds of x-ray film from Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.
The suspects entered the hospital on August 1, at approximately 1:20 a.m. and attempted to retrieve x-ray films. 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. "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."
The men came in through the emergency department. Hospital officials say the men said they were from a recycling company.
Police say silver is what the men were after. They say nationwide, suspects are stealing film for the silver.
"You would think that there are better ways for folks to make a living instead of scamming and deceiving others, but clearly for some folks, that's the way they do things," Thames said.
Officials say they have tried to pull off the same heist at other area hospitals, but were unsuccessful. The plan at Virginia Beach General is to never become a victim again.
"Immediately, we made some changes to ensure that something like this can't happen again," Thames said.
Thomas says from now on, anyone who comes into to a Sentara General hospital to do any sort of work from an outside company must have an ID badge.
Hospital officials say they are making a list of possible patients whose x-rays could have been stolen. Officials say the x-rays had patient names and birth dates. Thomas says letters will be sent to those affected.
Officials say those concerned their x-ray was stolen can call 1-800-736-7272.
The two men are 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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