Heartless thief charged with stealing property from hospital patients

A man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly stole property and credit cards from hospital patients in Gosford.

Police commenced investigations after property was reported stolen from two patients undergoing treatment at a hospital in Gosford on Wednesday 21 October 2015.

Officers were able to identify the man who allegedly used several stolen credit cards at stores around Gosford.


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The man was also linked to an incident on Wednesday 11 November 2015 when two cars were allegedly broken into in a carpark on Racecourse Road.

On Tuesday 1 December 2015, the man was also allegedly linked to another incident at the hospital when a phone charging station was stolen.

About 12.20am this morning Thursday 10 December, patrolling officers spotted a black Holden Commodore in the forecourt of a service station on the Pacific Highway at Wyoming.

Officers stopped and spoke to the occupants and allegedly recognised one of the occupants.

The man was arrested and searched. During the search, officers allegedly located jewellery and other property believed to be stolen and housebreaking implements on him.

The 48-year-old man was taken to Gosford Police Station where he was charged with 16 offences:

– Obtain benefit by deception (x9);

– Destroy / damage property (x2);

– Steal from motor vehicle (x2);

– Steal fixture from building;

– Goods in custody; and

– Possess housebreaking implements.

The man was formally refused bail to appear before Gosford Local Court today.

 

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