A Lincoln dentist pleaded not guilty Wednesday to stealing nearly $17,000 worth of precious metals from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Omaha.
Prosecutors say a lab technician reported seeing 57-year-old Randall Toothaker open a locked cabinet where precious metals used in dental procedures, including gold, were kept. He had been working in the hospital's dental prosthetics office before the alleged theft last summer.
While VA officials investigated the missing metals, prosecutors say Toothaker tried to leave the property. Officers pulled him over and found the missing metals in a bag in his vehicle. Toothaker told officers he didn't know how the metals got into his bag.
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