SA surgeon offering reward for stolen surgical tools, weapons

Stolen guns and surgical tools

SAN ANTONIO -- A local doctor is desperate to recover weapons and surgical tools. He’s now offering a cash reward to help recover the guns and equipment stolen from him Sunday night.

Dr. Scott Johnson said wearing surgical loupes while performing lung transplants have helped him see, and in turn, save lives for the past 24 years at the Health Science Center.

“I've probably operated on two to 300 people," Dr. Johnson said.

But yesterday on Sept. 11, a thief stole his surgical loupes right out of his truck along with more than $5,000 in firearms.

"People who steal things are the wrong people to begin with. To think they have firearms too is a double negative," he said.

Dr. Johnson said he was parked outside the Saltgrass restaurant in the 11700 block of IH-10 West Sunday around 4 pm. He didn’t have time to unload his valuables before feeding his family.

"Since I was coming from a two night stay at the ranch, my truck was loaded with firearms, laptop computer, CPAP breathing machine and my loupes," he said.

Dr. Johnson said the thieves helped themselves to five handguns and made off with his CPAP machine, something he personally needs to sleep. He has a replacement, but does fear the guns will end up in the wrong hands.

As for his sentimental surgical loupes, Dr. Johnson is offering a $1,000 reward to get them back.

"The loupes are handmade," he said. "Personalized my name engraved on it. I need them and I’m very fond, sentimental for them."

(© 2016 KENS)


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