Arrest made for theft of laptops with patient info

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ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested a homeless man they believe stole two laptop computers from a Southern California hospital chain that contained personal information on more than 700,000 patients.

City News Service says 36-year-old Christopher Lee Brown, also known as Allen Marcous, was arrested Wednesday in a homeless camp near a freeway in Alhambra. He remains jailed on $20,000 bail.

The laptops were taken on Oct. 12 from a sixth-floor office in Alhambra. Officials say the computers contained Social Security numbers, health insurance information and other data on patients who were treated at six AHMC Healthcare hospitals.

Police used surveillance video to help identify a suspect. The computers remain missing.

Hospital officials say the computers were password-protected and there’s no evidence the information was accessed.


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