Police in Athens launched an investigation Monday into the theft of medical equipment worth half a million euros from the Aghios Savvas Hospital.
According to hospital officials, the robbery occurred between 2.30 and 6 a.m. on Monday at the hospitals’ gastroenterology department, and included, among others, the theft of seven endoscopes – instruments used to examine internal organs.
There was wide speculation that the equipment could be destined for illegal distribution to gastroenterology clinics in Greece and abroad.
The hospital’s sole security camera, which could have provided valuable leads, has reportedly been out of operation since April 30.
One of the scenarios police are examining is that it was an inside job.
“The burglars knew the area well and knew exactly what to take,” the hospital’s director, Georgios Dendramis, told Kathimerini.