Police: Man donates blood, returns to steal bag containing blood

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Here's one you don't hear every day -- Huntsville Police say a man stole a bag of blood shortly after donating blood at a mobile Life South laboratory Tuesday. When people donate blood, it usually means giving your blood to someone else. But in this case, the donor decided he wanted it back.

Police are on the hunt for a robber -- who took something that he donated only moments earlier.

"We had a donor come on the bus and attempt to take their own unit of blood," said Jason Hodges, district director of Life South. Police report a 21-year-old donor sat in his car after giving blood to a Life South bloodmobile in the Providence area Tuesday night.

Moments later, he returned, claiming he forgot his ID. Once inside the bus, police say he grabbed a box of blood. The technician on the bus tried to block the doorway, but he shoved her out of his way. The technician is fine, and said that the man's actions caught her off-guard.

"She said it was a normal interaction with any kind of person, just this one went a little different in the end," said Hodges.

Police are investigating, using the information gathered at the bloodmobile.

"A lot of things are protected by HIPAA," explained Hodges. This means much of the medical information must be kept private -- even from the police.

"But we gave what we could to the police and they're working on investigating for us," said Hodges. Police say Life South is willing to prosecute, but in the meantime, they are hoping to get back to normal operation as soon as possible.

Police say it's unclear if the blood stolen was the man's own. Once correctly identified, the man will be charged with robbery.

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