Nursing assistant charged in ID theft

August 21, 2008 7:06:04 PM PDT
A Long Island nursing assistant has been arrested for allegedly stealing a patient's credit card.Authorities say 44-year-old Brenda Skidmore, of Ronkonkoma, was caught using the card she stole from John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson.

Suffolk County police say they received a call from a Chicago woman who said her mother's credit card was missing and unauthorized purchases had been made.

The victim's mother was a patient at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital at the time the purchases were made.

Surveillance camera footage of the unauthorized purchases showed a female wearing hospital scrubs. Authorities say further investigation identified Skidmore as the woman in the footage.

Skidmore was arrested Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the hospital parking lot. At the time of her arrest, she was allegedly in possession of a stolen credit card and a stolen debit card that belong to other victims.

Skidmore is charged with three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny.

Officials at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital are reportedly cooperating with Suffolk County Police on this and additional investigations.

Detectives are asking anyone with additional information regarding similar incidents to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.



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