Patient's Purse Swiped During CAT Scan at Christ Hospital

Patient's debit card used at area stores. Hospital security has no record of theft reported by mystery hospital public safety officer.

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.

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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.

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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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AGGRAVATED!!! November 19, 2012 at 02:45 PM
James Longstreet November 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Inside job????
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM
No arrests have been made yet, AGG, so no pix.
AGGRAVATED!!! November 19, 2012 at 07:14 PM
@ Lorraine, what i am saying is if the person who stole the credit card was asked at Target for a photo ID when they used the card, that person would not have been able to provide photo id and if they were stupid enough to show one, it wouldn't match the name on the card...then they wouldn't of been able to charge anything.
Mike November 19, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Have you seen who they have checking people out at the Bedford Target? Its an inside job at the hospital or at Target for that matter.
anthony November 19, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Very topical ....
Hank Scorpio November 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I know I have never ever given my debit card to my girlfriend to use at the very same Target and not one person gives their significant other their card to use either. I guess they don't even look at the name on the card. Ever met a girl named Hank? Turn off caps lock and think about what you're saying for a minute. If you did 2 minutes of research, you would find that credit card companies don't want merchants to harass costumers about the name on the card or to ask for id unless the card isn't signed.
James Longstreet November 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Bedford Target? Oak Lawn Target is closer!
Hank Scorpio November 20, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Hey look! Another Oak Lawn racist! I'm so proud of my town. You don't shop at the Oak Lawn Target, do you? Allow me to repeat myself... Stores don't ask for id because the card companies tell them not to. Also, the stores get their money no matter what, so they don't care. And speaking of hoods, did you wash your's for this weekends cross burning?
soxside rick November 20, 2012 at 04:00 AM
And it has nothing to do with asking for id....everytime I swipe my credit card it prints out a receipt as long as it's under a certain amount set by credit card company.....it never leaves my hands, and if they seen her address while taking her cards they can use her zip to max everyone out on gas in the HOOD.....and I didn't give a color for the theif.....so even if I am or was being racist I didn't give a race to be angry at.....remember whites are the new minority....anyone else in the peanut gallery care to comment....
STM November 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I VERY STRONGLY AGREE WITH " AGGREVATE" The government does not want to make it a law to put pictures on anything like link, WIC,or credit cards because they have their hand in it.
Mike November 20, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Oh yes but not if they get the assistance from knowing someone at another Target to use a stolen card.


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