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Two hospital employees theft victims

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 10:51 p.m.

Carroll Township police are investigating the theft of money and credit cards at Monongahela Valley Hospital.

Chief Paul Brand said that on Friday afternoon, two female employees in the hospital's medical staff office reported that their purses had been taken from their desks between 1 and 2 p.m.

Beatrice Cox of Fallowfield Township said $25 was removed from her purse, which was later recovered in a ground floor stairwell. Denise Muzina told police her wallet was removed from her purse, which included several credit cards.

After reviewing surveillance video, police and members of the hospital's security and risk management department identified an unknown black male suspect, approximately 50, with thin build, wearing a fedora-style hat, purple T-shirt and shorts.

The man was observed leaving the medical staff offices and counting cash in a nearby stairwell before exiting the rear of the hospital.

“He's the prime suspect (and) was seen leaving the office area where the theft occurred and was witnessed with money in hand,” Brand said Tuesday. “We don't know if he had business at the hospital or just came there exclusively to steal.”

Brand said Washington County 911 was not notified at the time of the theft, but added that hospital security management launched its own investigation.

Corinne Laboon, hospital director of communications, said the facility has a written policy to immediately contact law enforcement in such instances. She said hospital security did not do that in a timely manner Friday.

Brand, who was on patrol at the time of the theft, said it was a matter of “miscommunication.”

“There was a phone call placed to (Carroll Township police) and left on our answering machine instead of calling 911, and we can't take calls on crimes in progress at the station,” Brand said.

“Usually (hospital officials) do follow proper procedure and call 911.”

Brand said Muzina reported no known attempts to use any of her credit cards and that the investigation is ongoing.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at rbruni@tribweb.com or 724-684-2635.

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