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Police: Stolen Safe Wheeled Out of Hospital in Arlington

Arlington man arrested after allegedly trying to steal a hospital safe



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    A 48-year-old man was arrested on Saturday afternoon after authorities said he tried to steal a safe from the Virginia Hospital Center cafeteria by wheeling it out the door.

    The incident happened at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

    The Washington Post reports the suspect, Albert Murray, 48, is a cafeteria worker at the hospital.

    Police said Murray took a taxi to the hospital and asked the driver to wait. He then went into the cafeteria and asked the manager to accompany him to a rear office, according to police.  There, authorities said he pulled out a knife and demanded the combination to the safe.

    After the manager told Murray repeatedly she did not know the combination, he tied her up with an electrical cord, put the safe on a chair with wheels, and wheeled it out of the hospital, police said.  Outside, investigators claim Murray tried to load the safe into the trunk of the waiting taxi, causing the driver to protest.

    As security approached, the man tried to jump in the front seat and drive off, according to police, but the taxi driver was able to reach through the passenger side and hit the hybrid vehicle's ignition button.

    Police said they arrested Murray after a short foot chase.

    He's now held at the Arlington jail on charges of abduction, two counts of robbery, grand larceny and possession of PCP, a hallucinogenic drug.  Police did not say whether the suspect was under the influence of the drug at the time of the incident.