A MAN in a wheelchair was seen on CCTV taking a woman’s handbag from a hospital café.
Michael David Roberts later took the bag to reception and claimed he had simply found it outside.
But when the bag was given back to the owner, a total of £23.80 was missing.
Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold heard yesterday how the offence dated back to January last year and that Roberts had been offered a caution on condition he paid the money back.
He had been given two opportunities to do so but had failed to do so and had therefore been summoned to court.
Roberts, of Fir Grove in Mold, admitted theft at Mold Community Hospital.
He was fined £50 with £105 costs and he was ordered to pay £23.80 compensation.
Chris Jesse, defending, said Roberts was a hospital patient at the time.
The money should have been repaid but unfortunately it was not.
When he was discharged from hospital his spouse had been in charge of the finances.
They were now separated.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said Carol Hudson-Jarey was visiting her husband at the hospital at the time and left her handbag in the café.
When they realised and returned, she was told it had been found outside and handed in.
But when a CCTV film was examined, Roberts was seen to pick the bag up and leave.
He later returned to the foyer and handed the bag in but by then the money had gone.