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Deputies recover stolen medical equipment from Santa Clarita home

Nearly $200,000 in stolen mobile medical triage equipment that hospitals use during major emergencies or disasters was seized by deputies Wednesday from a home in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

Several Temporary Mobile Medical Triage units, portable air conditioning, filtration systems and miscellaneous equipment intended to be used for large-scale emergencies was found in the home in the 21000 block of Kingscrest Drive in the Saugus neighborhood.

Derek Gainer, 39, of Saugus was booked Wednesday at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station on suspicion of felony grand theft and receiving stolen property. Gainer, who also had an outstanding warrant for grand theft of $30,000, is being held in lieu of $130,000 bail.

Deputies believe that the equipment, part of a shipment from Ohio to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, may been missing more than two years, sheriff's officials said.

Hospital officials are assisting sheriff's detectives in investigating how and when the equipment disappeared.

--Andrew Blankstein

 
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