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Authorities search for escaped inmate sentenced for stealing laptops from Alhambra health care center

UPDATED 3.13.14 AT 1:45 P.M.:

An Alhambra man escaped from a downtown Los Angeles correctional facility Wednesday after being sentenced for stealing laptops from a local medical center, KTLA 5 reports.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, impersonated another inmate and walked out of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility around 10 p.m. after staff apparently failed to follow security protocol, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mike Parker told KTLA.

The Alhambra Police Department posted Thursday afternoon on Facebook that anyone who sees Brown should contact their local law enforcement agency. If anyone sees Brown in Alhambra, they are asked to call Alhambra PD at (626) 570-5151. 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 2.13.14 AT 11:36 A.M.:

An Alhambra man was sentenced Wednesday to four years and eight months in county jail for stealing laptops from a local medical center in October 2013, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, stole on Oct. 12 two laptops from an AHMC Healthcare office in Alhambra. The computers contained medical data on 729,000 patients, including identity, financial, and credit information.

Brown was convicted March 6 of two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of receiving stolen property, according to the D.A.'s office.

The Alhambra Police Department used surveillance video to identify Brown and arrested him 11 days after the burglary at a homeless encampment on Valley Boulevard. The laptops were not in his possession at the time of the arrest.

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 reported in October.

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  1. UGH! A little too severe, doncha think!?!

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