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Tampa Bay hospitals hit by criminal activity

November 16, 2018

At St. Peterburg's Bayfront Medical Center in Florida, a surveillance camera caught a hospital security guard stealing a dying man's wallet, according to an article on the News Channel 8 website.

This is not an isolated case — crimes are not unusual in hospitals, the article said.

A worker at Largo Medical Center was caught stealing $8,200 from a patient. In Clearwater's Morton Plant Hospital a vendor wheeled a $48,000 hospital bed out of an operating room and stole it in broad daylight.

A survey found that hospitals self-reported violent crimes are occurring at the annual rate of once for every 100 hospital beds.

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