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Police arrest hospital aide in thefts of equipment, supplies

Posted at 1:25 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 16:25:32-04

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Arizona say a housekeeping employee has been fired from his hospital job after being arrested on suspicion of stealing personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies in recent weeks as the coronavirus outbreak unfolded.

A Prescott Police Department spokesman says 49-year-old Keith Brown of Prescott was arrested Friday at Yavapai Regional Medical Center on suspicion of one count each of theft and fraud .

The spokesman says that was after police found numerous items valued at $1,700 in Brown’s vehicle and residence.

The items recovered included gloves, hand sanitizer, surgical scrubs, wash clothes, paper towels,, masks, bleach cleaner, toilet paper and an automatic hand sanitizer.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Brown.