A hospital patient who tried to steal the purse of a healthcare assistant who was treating him has been jailed following an investigation by Durham Constabulary.
Shaun Quinn was being treated at Darlington Memorial Hospital on Sunday 29th November.
He walked into a staff room and attempted to steal the purse.
The 40-year-old was caught in the act by staff who called the police and hospital security.
Quinn arrested by officers and charged with attempted theft.
He appeared before magistrates in Peterlee on last Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to the charge.
This put Quinn in breach of a suspended sentence order that was in place for a previous offence of possession of a bladed article in a public place.
Magistrates jailed Quinn for 32 weeks.
Detective Sergeant Grace Holohan, from Darlington Priority Crime Team, said:
“Theft and attempted theft is a dreadful crime in any circumstance, but to attempt to steal something belonging to a healthcare assistant who is looking after you in hospital is just despicable.
“Our NHS staff have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to care for the most vulnerable in our communities, they should not have to put up with behaviour like this from one of their patients.”
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