Perth Amboy Police recently arrested a hospital security guard for allegedly stealing the credit card of a patient at the hospital. Police reports said that the 34-year-old man withdrew more than $1,400 from the woman’s account while she was undergoing treatment.
According to NJ.com, the woman’s purse was left behind in the emergency room when she was transferred to another room. A hospital orderly turned the purse over to the suspect who allegedly removed the debit card and left the hospital during his shift.
The hospital security guard allegedly used the stolen credit card to withdraw money at a fast food restaurant. He reportedly returned to the hospital to find the victim speaking with a police officer. The man then attempted to give back the stolen money, but was charged with theft under a bail of $5,000.
The penalties for theft of moveable property, such as money, in New Jersey typically depend on the value of the items or money involved in the crime. A fourth degree theft offense (taking money or property worth $200 to $500) could result in a jail sentence of up to 18 months, a third degree offense (more than $500 but less than $75,000) is punishable by up to five years in state prison, and a second degree offense (more than $75,000) may result in a sentence of five to 10 years in jail.
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