Phoenix man arrested for stealing IV pumps from Mayo clinic

Posted at 3:37 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 17:37:55-05

A man is accused of stealing IV blood pumps from a Valley hospital.

Court records show that on July 3, 39-year-old Amos Matthew Caruso entered the Mayo clinic near 56th Street and Bell Road and was seen taking an IV blood pump worth about $3,000.

Police say Caruso was allegedly seen by a hospital staff member putting an IV blood pump into a black bag. The hospital later reportedly realized that at least seven of the pumps were missing.

According to police, each pump is worth about $3,000. After his arrest, Caruso allegedly told police that he was hired and taken to the hospital by a man who would pay him $200 to $300 for each pump he stole. 

Police say that Caruso initially told them that another man was bragging about taking the other seven, but he later allegedly admitted to going to the clinic on multiple occasions to commit the thefts. 

He also told police that the man who hired him would sell the pumps on the internet and they had been stealing from, "a bunch of other hospitals." 

Police estimated the total value of the equipment taken at $15,000.

The suspect was charged this week with burglary.