Brockville man arrested after purse theft at Kingston hospital

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Kingston Police have arrested a man from Brockville who is accused of stealing a purse from a hospital patient.

According to police, members of the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit were engaged in general patrol activities in the vicinity of Princess Street and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard on Friday, Apr. 26, 2024, when, at approximately 2:15 p.m., “officers observed a male acting in a suspicious manner while walking westbound on Princess Street.”

“While speaking to this male it was discovered that he was in possession of cellular phones, vehicle keys and numerous forms of personal identification which included a Canadian passport, health card and driver’s license that were not in his name,” Kingston Police said in a press release.

“Upon further investigation, officers received confirmation from the owner of this property that their purse had been stolen an hour earlier while they were in a Kingston area hospital being treated for a severe medical condition. The theft of the property had left the victim and their partner with no means of communication with family, financial access, or a means of transportation home.”

Police said that, subsequently, a 28-year-old man from Brockville was arrested and charged with possession of stolen property, and four counts of breach of probation.

Further, at the time of the offence, the accused “was on three separate probation orders out of Brockville, Ontario for trafficking stolen property, two counts of break and enter, theft under $5000 and three counts of failing to comply with court ordered conditions. He was held at police headquarters pending a bail hearing,” police detailed.

“Kingston Police reminds the public to please remain diligent with their personal belongings while in public spaces within our community and to report any suspicious behavior immediately,” police relayed.

2 thoughts on “Brockville man arrested after purse theft at Kingston hospital

  • How about no bail this time? He has waived that right with his repeated violations.

  • So, it is the hospital patient’s fault their things were stolen? Gosh, I do hope if I am lying in a desperate state I don’t have to worry about guarding my belongings while I am clutching my chest and clinging to life. Hospital security?
    Police comments seem a lot like blaming the victim. Again.

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