Roy Chi Wing Lung, Alleged Hospital Surgical Equipment Thief, Has Bizarre Past: Update
See the update on Page 2 that provides more details on Roy Chi Wing Lung's criminal past and the loss of his medical license.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 13, 7 A.M.: A 46-year-old Los Alamitos man allegedly stole surgical equipment from Fountain Valley Regional Hospital at least three times. Roy Chi Wing Lung was arrested Sunday, booked into Orange County Jail on suspicion of commercial burglary, posted bail and was released Monday, according to jail records. Before leaving, he may have recognized his own initials in the holding area. Then-physician Lung was arrested in 2008 for allegedly stealing medical supplies from Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley. Four years before that, he was convicted of having sticky fingers at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
Dr. Roy Chi Wing Lung in 2008
The latest thefts are said to have begun happening on May 19, according to Fountain Valley Police Lt. Ken Hounsley.
Wearing medical scrubs and a wig, Lung walked into the hospital at 17100 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, on Sunday but an employee noticed his description fit a man police were looking for and contacted security guards who called the cops, Hounsely reportedly told City News Service.
Investigators are now cataloging what was found as well as reaching out to other area hospitals to see if they've also experienced thefts, the police spokesman said.
The Orange County Register in 2008 reported on Lung allegedly stealing medical supplies from Orange Coast Memorial at 9920 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley, and having his state medical license suspended.
That case had elements as bizarre as the wig and scrubs routine from this past weekend. Orange Coast employees discovered Lung, also wearing scrubs, sleeping in the doctor quarters and eating meals there despite having no privileges at the medical center. He identified himself as "Dr. Ray Lin."
Later pressed by police, Lung said that for the past two years he had been using the quarters to catch up on sleep for his commute to another hospital--then changed his story to say he had been doing it for 10 years. Besides eating and sleeping there, he took showers, watched television and used telephones and fax machines, all for free.
Police at the time reported finding hospital sutures in Lung's car ready to be mailed out and a note from a "Steve" thanking him for his business.
In 2004, Lung pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts related to theft of medical equipment from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He was placed on probation and ordered to stay away from Long Beach Memorial.