ON April 14, at approximately 2:45 a.am., New Westminster Police responded to a report of a theft from Royal Columbian Hospital that occurred between 9:40 p.m. and 12:30 am.
A female, described as being 20 to 30 years old, entered the hospital and changed into hospital scrubs. The female entered into a staff area, allegedly broke into an on-duty nurse’s locker and stole a wallet containing cash, credit cards, and other cards. The suspect left the hospital, and allegedly used one of the stolen credit cards at a nearby business.
New Westminster Police investigators reviewed video surveillance and were able to identify the suspect. Once the suspect was identified, charges were recommended to Crown counsel, as the suspect was already in custody for unrelated offences.
On April 27, 19-year-old Surrey residence Taylor Minion was charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000, use of credit card obtained in the commission of an offence, and fraud under $5,000.
“It is upsetting that someone would allegedly steal from health care staff, especially while they are at work in a hospital,” said Sgt. Jeff Scott. “We’re working with hospital staff and security to help ensure that this is doesn’t happen again.”
Minion remains in custody to appear in court.