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Nurse caught stealing patients' cash in police sting

A nurse was caught stealing money from sleeping patients in a police "sting" using marked bank notes. Carol Owen, 42, was found with patients' bank notes which police had marked with invisible water at Singleton Hospital, Swansea.

Owen was arrested for theft - and told officers she took the money "because it was there".

The nurse was working shifts at this Swansea hospital Credit: ITV News

Health chiefs at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg worked with South Wales Police to narrow down who was working the shifts when the thefts were happening.

An ABMU spokeswoman said a sting was set up using marked bank notes in a patient's locker to catch the health worker.

A sting operation was then put in place by police using marked cash, and this resulted in a healthcare support worker being arrested. We can only apologise to the victims of these thefts, and the distress this former employee's actions have undoubtedly caused.

– Abertawe Bro Morgannwg

Owen, of Swansea, pleaded guilty at Swansea magistrates' court to stealing £35. Owen was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work in the community, and was told to pay £85 in costs and a £60 surcharge.

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