Police: Man stayed in Phoenix hospital's basement, stole $36k worth of equipment

Police arrested a 35-year-old man on July 24 after he was caught on video stealing several laptop computers and televisions from Abrazo Central Campus Hospital in Phoenix, according to ABC15.

Authorities say surveillance video from the hospital shows Brian Leroy Nichols II taking computers from the hospital and stashing them in the facility's basement under the staircase. Mr. Nichols also made a bed under the staircase and told police he stayed at the hospital multiple nights.

When questioned by police, Mr. Nichols admitted stealing five televisions from multiple floors of the hospital. He said he snuck two 55-inch televisions from the hospital by putting them on a gurney and covering them with sheets. After delivering the stolen goods to an accomplice waiting outside the hospital with a truck, Mr. Nichols returned the gurney to a nurse, according to the report. 

Police estimate the value of the stolen computers and televisions at about $36,000.

A hospital spokesperson told ABC15 the facility is reviewing its security measures and assisting police with the investigation.

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