Columbus police are continuing their investigation into the theft of nearly a half-million dollars of medical equipment from area hospitals. In a report released today, detectives announced that approximately eighty percent of the property had been recovered.
The missing life-saving devices were recovered at reTagit, a resale store in Grandview Heights, bordering the near northwest side of Columbus. The owner has been cooperating with police.
Edward Carter, 58, has been charged with the crimes. He is alleged to have stolen the devices from Riverside, Grant, and (Ohio State) University hospitals, which are in the vicinity of the store. Items recovered have been identified by representatives from OhioHealth and The Ohio State University, and returned to the respective facilities. They will be checked out and returned to service.
To date, $432,500 of equipment has been accounted for. There were additional items stolen from the hospitals not on the original theft reports, which are part of the ongoing investigation.