Stolen medical equipment and over $100,000 in computers and other items salvaged from St. John's/Mercy Hospital in Joplin after the May 22, 2011 tornado were recovered by the Commerce Police Department officers in a joint investigation with the Miami Police Department on Thursday night.
The search of a private residence in the city of Commerce resulted in the recovery of the stolen property, over 85 items. Surgical instruments, autoclaves, computers, laboratory equipment and many other items were recovered. It's not known at this time what type of information might be stored on the computers.
According to Commerce Police Chief Bob Baines and Miami Detective Chris Leamon the items were stolen after being placed in storage in Miami by the salvage company after the destructive tornado for St. John's/Mercy Hospital.
An investigation of the theft is underway and police do have a suspect in the case.