CCTV Philippines News: Hospital thief caught on CCTV

By CHITO A. CHAVEZ (August 26, 2010, 7:47pm)

It pays to have a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera installed in private and government hospitals.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 10 operatives arrested last Wednesday a pedicab driver who was able to sneak into one of the rooms of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) where he stole some belongings of a patient.

Police Officer 3 Joel Sanchez, officer-on-case, identified the suspect as Ricky Beltran, 28, and a resident of 135 Matahimik St., UP Village, Quezon City.

The victim, Marian Geramillo, 36, of 19 Mulawin St., Buenmar Subdivision, Taytay, Rizal said she noticed that her Nokia 6020 telephone and lady’s wallet containing P240 in cash which she placed on top of a small table at Room 2008 were missing when she woke up around 5 a.m.

She reported the incident to the hospital’s telephone operator who immediately alerted the on-duty security personnel.

The security guards viewed Beltran’s act through the CCTV camera placed inconspicuously near the rooms.

That videotaped footage led to the suspect’s arrest at the lobby leading to the hospital exit where they discovered the stolen items of Geramillo.


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