For the first time since a Baptist Memorial Hospital employee’s car was found stripped, parked in the hospital parking lot, fellow employees are talking about the crime.
A suspect made off with tires, grill, and the headlights. Since the incident, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis has beefed up security. The photos have been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook and caught the attention of Baptist nurse, Heidi Higginbotham.
“I had never heard of anything like this so that was what was so startling,“ Higginbotham said.
The crook made off with all four tires, the front grill, and the headlights.
“I saw that all the wheels had been taken and other damage had been done to it and it was just so surprising because none of us were expecting it,“ Higginbotham explained.
We’re told the hospital’s CEO briefed employees about the crime.
“She reassured us that security measures had been in place, and it wasn’t because security not doing their job, the person who committed the crime was apparently familiar with security,“ Higginbotham said.
The hospital is working with Memphis Police. Surveillance photos of the suspect’s vehicle, which is a 2000 to 2006 Grey Chevy Tahoe, with damage over the driver side rear tire, silver door guards on all four doors, a GPS unit on the passenger side roof, a flag sticker on the passenger side rear bumper, and placards hanging from the rear view mirror.
Since the incident, employees are being extra cautious.
“If you’re walking out to your car, I would encourage not walking alone. If you have to be alone, just staying vigilant and looking around for things that just don’t see right,“ Higginbotham said.
Baptist Memorial Hospital released this statement: “We are very concerned about this, and we’re working with the Memphis Police Department to find the person who did it. We have a number of cameras and license plate readers, and we have given all the video and information we have to the MPD. Unfortunately, this is an issue that has affected many people in our community. We want to reassure our patients, visitors, employees and physicians that we’re doing everything we can to keep our campus safe.“
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.