Former sales rep stole $40K in surgical equipment from East Chicago hospital, court records say – Chicago Tribune

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A former sales representative was captured on surveillance video taking $40,000 worth of surgical equipment from an East Chicago hospital, according to court records.
Michael J. Mangano, 35, of Chicago, was charged Wednesday in Lake Superior Court with theft, a level 6 felony, in connection with three surgical equipment units that went missing from St. Catherine Hospital last month, court records show.
On April 26, the director of surgical services reported that they couldn’t find the units in the hospital, a probable cause affidavit states. The director also said “that similar surgical equipment units had been stolen” from Community Hospital in Munster, according to the affidavit.
The surgical units, which were valued at about $40,000, “are used for cauterizing during surgeries and are used everyday in their surgeries at the hospital,” the affidavit states.
Surveillance video showed Mangano, a former medical equipment sales representative, taking the three units from the hospital on April 20, according to the affidavit. At the time of the theft, he was wearing clothing “typically worn by sales representatives at the hospital,” the affidavit states.
A hospital staff member said she last saw Mangano at the hospital in 2018, according to the affidavit.. He “knew the location of the operating rooms and the operating room area,” the affidavit states. Mangano did not have permission to take the items, court records state.

An employee with a surgical and medical equipment supplier in Kentucky told police that “his business purchased one of the above stolen electrosurgical power units,” the affidavit states.
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