Woman charged with stealing face masks

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A WOMAN has been charged after allegedly stealing medical supplies while on work placement at a northern suburbs hospital.

It will be alleged the woman stole items of ‘personal protective equipment’ such as face masks and other items for her own personal use.

Police said the woman is employed by a university and attended the hospital to assist with managing and mentoring students on a work placement.

It will be further alleged several items were stolen from the hospital on March 4 and 6.

Police started the investigation following a report by the hospital management.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a Carine home yesterday where several items were seized, including about 60 face masks, bottles of antiseptic hand wash, hospital grade antiseptic wipes and a large quantity of antiseptic swabs.

A 65-year-old woman from Carine has been charged with three stealing offences.

She is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Monday.

A WA Police Force spokesperson said while stealing medical supplies was a crime regardless of the circumstances, it was concerning to see critical medical supplies stolen from a medical facility as the community prepares for and responds to an emerging pandemic situation.

“Staff working in medical facilities are on the frontline of the critical response to health situations and the medical supplies they hold are used to protect themselves and their patients from the spread of potentially harmful viruses,” the spokesperson said.

“At a time when those medical professionals need their protective equipment the most, it is disappointing to find ourselves in a position where we are required to investigate the alleged theft of such items.”

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