A 57-year-old patient’s purse was stolen while she was getting a CAT scan at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
Oak Lawn police said the patient had left her room for the procedure around 9 a.m. Nov. 13. Before she left, she placed her purse inside the drawer of the bedside table.
When she returned from the test around noon, she noticed her purse was missing. The patient called a nurse to tell her what happened. As she and the nurse were talking, an Advocate public safety officer came in the room to say he had found the patient’s purse in a restroom near the elevators on another floor.
Police said the patient went through her purse and found her debit and credit cards and two rings to be missing.
The nurse told the patient to file a police report with the Oak Lawn police. The hospital public safety officer told the patient he’d be back the next day to file a report.
As the patient was on the phone canceling her credit cards, her bank called to say that her debit card had been used at the Bedford Park Target and several other stores.
The hospital also had no record of a public safety officer visiting a patient, nor was the purse theft reported to security.
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