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Cops: Homeless man arrested in St. Francis Hospital burglary

A burglar who went into St. Francis Hospital

A burglar who went into St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill Sunday, May 31, 2015 changed into scrubs, then stole items from several offices, Nassau police said. Credit: NCPD

Police have arrested a homeless man they said donned medical scrubs to burglarize St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill on Sunday.

Sean Thomas, 24, was charged Wednesday with one count of third-degree burglary and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Nassau County police said Thomas is homeless, but did not say where he was arrested or what evidence led to his arrest.

Earlier this week police released video surveillance footage of a suspect, who was seen wearing green hospital scrubs as he walked through a hallway at St. Francis. It was not clear if Thomas had been identified as a suspect from that footage.

Police said the burglary took place between 12:52 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

It was then, police said, that Thomas entered St. Francis, on Port Washington Boulevard, and continued to the Cardiac Imaging Area in the basement. That area is closed on Sundays, police said.

Once there, Thomas removed a master key and identification card from the nurses station, then entered a staff lounge, where he changed into hospital scrubs, police said.

Thomas then opened several offices and took an Amazon Kindle and cash, police said. The burglaries weren't discovered until Tuesday.

Police said the victims notified security, which reviewed surveillance footage, saw the suspect and reported the crime to police.

Thomas was ordered held on bail of $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash at his arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead, according to online court records. He is due back in court Monday.

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