Caught on cam: Hospital thief


POSTED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 7:09pm

Security cameras show man who befriended woman in hospital waiting room, then stole her purse. Carley Gordon reports.

(WSMV) Sitting in a hospital waiting room can be stressful enough, but for one woman, the worry was compounded when someone stole from her.

Kimberly can't help but feel sad when looking at the man's photo, which was captured by a surveillance camera.

"For people to take advantage of you in that situation is very upsetting," she said.

She met the man at Nashville, Tennessee's Skyline Medical Center and thought she had made a friend. Her brother and sister-in-law had been in a terrible motorcycle crash. He said his brother had suffered a stroke.

"He was there by himself waiting for his family to get there the next morning," she said.

Or at least that's what the man said.

After they fell asleep, surveillance video caught him stealing from her.

"He got up out of his chair, walked over, leaned between the two of us, took my purse, took the money out of it, put my purse back where he found it and walked out the door," Kimberly said.

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