MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police have released surveillance photos of a man who allegedly committed an armed robbery at Morristown Medical Center.
The robber held up an employee at gunpoint last month in a parking garage office at the hospital, police told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
Investigators won’t say how much money was taken or if the robbery was connected to two others at hotels at around the same time.
The surveillance images show the suspect in what appears to be the lobby of the hospital with a bag over his shoulder, and then inside a hallway, possibly with patients and staff. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying him.
He stands about 6 feet tall and was seen wearing a Panama Jack-style hat and sunglasses.
“That hat stood out,” said Mike Bennett, a Morristown resident. “That was about it. And the fact he actually looked at the camera, so he knew where it was.”
“If you’re going to be disguised, you’re going to do it all the way or not all the way,” Bennett continued. “So maybe he wears the hat all the time, I don’t know.”
The terrifying incident had people at the hospital on edge Wednesday.
“It should feel safe, and obviously we should have security guards around to prevent that,” said Mark Goldschmidt, of Chester.
“Actually, it is pretty scary,” one woman told Sloan. “But I feel that the security guards aren’t doing their job.”
The medical center disputed that, saying security guards are watching every corner of the hospital. The robbery happened on a Sunday morning.
CBS 2 saw plenty of guards on the hospital’s campus Wednesday.
“It’s not scary. It’s isolated,” Bennett said. “Morristown has some bad sections.”
But as to the hospital, Bennett said it was “very” secure, and added, “I’ve been a patient many times.”
The hospital also said it has tightened security since the robbery, but it would not comment further on the case because the investigation is ongoing.
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