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Alhambra police arrest suspect for theft of laptops containing medical records on 729,000 patients*

*UPDATED 10.23.13 at 4:52 p.m.:

Police arrested Wednesday morning Christopher Lee Brown, a suspect in the theft of two laptops from an AHMC Healthcare office in Alhambra, according to the Alhambra Police Department. The laptops, containing medical information on approximately 729,000 San Gabriel Valley patients, were not in Brown's possession.

Officers arrested Brown at a homeless encampment on Valley Boulevard near the 710 Freeway and he is being held at the Alhambra Police Department in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at Alhambra Superior Court.

The laptops contained information on patients from six hospitals: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, and Anaheim Regional Medical Center, KPCC reports.

Anyone who believes their medical records may have been compromised during the theft can call AHMC’s Privacy Department at (855) 977-6678, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department. Patients can also check their credit report and accounts for fraud.

PUBLISHED 10.23.13 at 10:00 a.m.:

Alhambra police have identified Christopher Lee Brown as a suspect in the theft of two laptops from an AHMC Healthcare office in Alhambra on Oct. 12. The laptops contain insurance information, diagnoses, and payment records for approximately 729,000 patients from San Gabriel Valley hospitals, including Garfield Medical Center and Monterey Park Hospital, KPCC reports.

Police used surveillance video to identify Brown, who used to visit his ex-girlfriend at the office when she worked there, Alhambra Sgt. Jerry Johnson told KPCC. Police are searching for Brown, who is 6' 3", about 220 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He is homeless.

Read the full article from KPCC.

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