Crime

WakeMed technician accused of stealing supplies to sell on Ebay

Bill Baez Jr.
Bill Baez Jr. CCBI

A technician in WakeMed Hospital’s Pathology Department was charged Tuesday with stealing $20,000 worth of supplies and medical devices from the hospital since early November.

Hospital police arrested Bill Baez Jr., 27, who lives on Oldgate Drive in Raleigh, Tuesday night outside an Atlantic Avenue Bojangles’ restaurant near his apartment.

Baez, who was put on two years’ probation last May for criminal convictions in New Hanover County, is charged with one count of larceny by employee, which is a felony. He was also charged with resisting an officer, which is a misdemeanor.

In setting Baez’ bail at $75,000, a magistrate noted that police said Baez had $20,000 worth of “equipment” in his home.

Hospital spokeswoman Kristin Kelly said Wednesday that police found Baez had taken a range of supplies that included thermometers and blood-collection kits.

Kelly said investigators found that the supplies were being taken for sale on Ebay.

The warrant alleged that the thefts began Nov. 4.

Last May 25, Baez was convicted in Wilmington of eight counts of financial card fraud and seven counts of identity fraud or or theft for incidents that happened earlier last year.

Kelly said that WakeMed “took appropriate, immediate measures” to fire Baez.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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