E.R. ‘crash cart’ theft is alleged

By DEUCE NIVEN

    Medicines and medical equipment stolen from a locked “crash cart” in the McLeod Loris Emergency Department prompted the arrest of a Galivants Ferry man this week, a Loris Police Department report said.
    Dustin Lee Sandwick, 21, of Floyd Page Road in Galivants Ferry, was charged Monday with larceny and damage to property, the report by Officer Greg Dewitt said.
    An apparently unrelated charge of receiving stolen property was also filed against Sandwick, booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center near Conway show. Sandwick remained jailed there on Tuesday on bonds that totaled $1,425.
    As police arrived at the hospital before 6 a.m. Monday Dewitt observed Sandwick returning medicines and medical equipment.
    Hospital staff told police that Sandwick was being prepared for transport for a CT scan when they noticed that his pockets were filled with items taken from the “crash cart,” a rolling cart that contains equipment and medicines staff need during medical emergencies, including cardiac arrest.
    Staff members said Sandwick broke into the cart and took the supplies.
    For more on recent reports on file at the Loris Police Department see the July 31 Tabor-Loris Tribune print edition.

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