Stolen Medical Papers Dumped Outside Empty Department Store

By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 6:41 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A weekend burglary results in hundreds of sensitive medical documents being dumped behind an empty department store.

Fort Wayne police say the papers belonged to former Fort Wayne Doctor James Graham, who passed away in the late 90's.

His vacant home at 425 West Williams Street was up for sale when family members reported a burglary on Sunday, October 2nd.

According to reports, the home was likely burglarized sometime last week. The door to the garage had been forced open, the back door was forced open, and basement window had been kicked in.

Thieves took a refrigerator, washer, dryer, television, and several large file cabinets. Police believe suspects may be trying to sell the items as scrap metal.

Monday afternoon Fort Wayne Police were alerted to a large amount of medical documents dumped outside the empty Value City Department store on Coliseum Blvd. in Fort Wayne. Officers say a couple had stumbled upon them while out for a walk.

Police secured them and brought a pick up truck to collect them Tuesday morning. Officers say Dr. Graham's family was already there collecting the items, but had intended to dispose of the papers and were happy to hand them over to police.

Police say the papers are in poor condition, preventing them from being archived, stored, or returned to patients. They will, however, be destroyed once police are given approval by the Indiana Commission on Public Records.

Anyone with information about the burglary is encouraged to contact the Fort Wayne Police Department. Officers also want to remind people to immediately call police when encountering items possibly linked to a police investigation.

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