A shameless burglar sneaked into a part of Derriford Hospital and stole valuable medical equipment and patients’ belongings, a court heard.
David Dugdale, aged 38, took an X-Ray board, pager, computer disk and even medical notes and documents, Plymouth magistrates heard.
Dugdale was a patient at the hospital when he crept into the orthopaedic department to snatch whatever he could get his hands on.
He pleaded guilty to burglary on December 14.
Dugdale, who only gave a ‘care of’ address at his solicitor’s office in Stoke, also admitted stealing an Amazon Kindle, a handbag, a bottle of perfume and a handbag.
Magistrates handed him a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months.
He must do the probation’s supervision programme, the Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, and a thinking skills course.
They ruled that the reason for custody was that the offence was so serious because he was at a hospital for a legitimate reason and then “stole high-value critical care equipment and items from members of the public.”
The offence also comes as staff at Derriford Hospital deal with a surge in coronavirus cases during the second wave of the pandemic.
He was ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Dugdale has a long record for theft. He was fined and ordered to pay compensation for by the same court in March for theft of a man’s rucksack containing a laptop computer and debit cards.