A woman who targeted vulnerable patients in hospital and stole their personal belongings while pretending to be a hospital worker has been jailed for seven years, according to police.
June Weatherman, 50, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court after being convicted of 15 charges of theft and fraud.
A Surrey Police spokesman said that between September 2013 and January 2014, Weatherman took items from victims in a number of hospitals in the south east of England, including St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.
He said: “She approached the beds of the elderly victims before taking the items including cash, jewellery and bank cards under the pretence of being a hospital worker.
“Weatherman later used the stolen bank cards to fraudulently withdraw money at locations in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Kent and London.
“I would like to thank the members of the public who came forward to identify June Weatherman”
Detective Sergeant Andy Jenkins
“As part of the thorough and extensive investigation, Surrey Police released several CCTV images of Weatherman seen in Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, around the time of the thefts and following a witness appeal she was arrested by officers on Tuesday January 14.”
Temporary Detective Sergeant Andy Jenkins said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who came forward to identify June Weatherman - it is without doubt that their information was crucial in helping us bring this woman to justice.
“Weatherman’s brazen actions in targeting and deceiving elderly and vulnerable patients whilst in the process of receiving medical care were particularly callous acts on her part - the impact this sort of offence can have on the victims and their families cannot be underestimated.
“Fortunately incidents of this kind are uncommon - I hope that the custodial sentence given to Weatherman today acts as a deterrent to anyone considering preying on the vulnerable in such a cold and calculated manner and also illustrates the seriousness of these crimes.”