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Man suspected in several area hospital robberies arrested in Oklahoma

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Jamele Nolden, 29, was arrested in Enid, Okla. and is suspected in multiple hospital robberies. (Credit: Enid Police Department) Jamele Nolden, 29, was arrested in Enid, Okla. and is suspected in multiple hospital robberies. (Credit: Enid Police Department)
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

An alleged thief who's been targeting hospitals across Missouri allegedly struck again and it's the second time he's hit a hospital in Franklin County. 

Twenty-nine-year-old Jamele Nolden is suspected of stealing wallets from workers at hospitals in Washington, Missouri, St. Louis County and at least two other states.

The suspect was arrested Tuesday in Oklahoma. It's believed he drove from Oklahoma on Interstate 44 stealing from various hospitals along the way.

Detectives say they are trying to determine just how many crimes he's committed.

Surveillance camera photos taken on March 25 at Mercy Hospital in Washington show a person of interest in the theft of a hospital worker's wallet. It didn't take long for the thief to put the stolen stuff to use.

"Once he left there he immediately went to Walmart and utilized the credit card within minutes to make purchases," said Detective Kevin Blackburn, Washington Police Department.

Detectives believe the person of interest in the footage is Nolden - the same person they suspect of walking into a restricted area of the hospital in December 2015 and stealing a wallet from a purse. Detectives in several Missouri cities have been trying to catch him for what appears to be his favorite crime.

"That is weird that they would just hit hospitals, I don't know," said Connie Bullock, Washington resident.

Police believe Nolden has stolen workers' wallets at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in south St. Louis County, Mercy Hospital in Washington and Mercy Hospital in Joplin. Police also believe Nolden stole workers' wallets from hospitals in Oklahoma and Texas.

"Stealing in general is bad so no matter where you go and do it is bad, but I can see maybe him seeing a certain vulnerability with patients, people in hospitals," said Lex Kilgore, Washington resident.

It's unclear if Nolden has worked in healthcare. Detectives say his alleged crimes are a reason to always keep valuables locked up, even at work.

"Everybody needs to understand that they could be a victim of somebody coming into their workplace and stealing property," said Blackburn.

Police say Nolden was arrested at a Lowe’s store in Enid, Oklahoma when he walked out near a group of shoplifters and was detained. When police ran his name through the computer, they say they found several police departments were looking for him.

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