Health worker admits to theft

A LOCAL healthcare facility employee was arrested by police on October 9 for allegedly stealing items from his workplace over several months.

A Scarborough Police spokesman said the 50-year-old man had been captured numerous times on CCTV cameras removing items and putting them in the boot of his car when he finished duty.

Items stolen included cleaning products, blankets, sheets and medical equipment.

Police officers conducted a full search of the Ellenbrook man’s property and recovered three vehicle loads of property, including a quantity of cannabis and a smoking implement.

The man was charged with one count of stealing as a servant, one count of possessing a prohibited drug and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

He has been suspended from duty at the healthcare facility.

A spokesman from the North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS) said allegations for criminal activity were taken seriously by the organisation.

“The security and safe keeping of property at WA Health facilities is of vital importance,” he said.

“All WA Health staff are required to have a criminal record check prior to commencing work.

“As this matter is subject to the court process, NMHS is unable to comment further on the specifics of this matter.”

The man made a full admission to stealing the items over a period of several months and will appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on October 27.