A THIEF who stole from South Yorkshire hospitals has been jailed for two years and nine months.
Dean Walker, of Sycamore Avenue, Wickersley, stole a cash box containing £30 from a vending machine in the canteen at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital.
The 34-year-old, who was found guilty of theft and burglary at Sheffield Crown Court, also stole a handbag and purse from a staff room at Rotherham District General.
He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and was given a five-year anti-social behaviour order banning him from hospitals except for medical emergencies or appointments.
PC Rebecca Lindley said: “The anti-social behaviour order prevents Walker from wandering around any hospital he chooses and putting those who are ill and those who work hard to care for patients at risk.
“Hospitals are supposed to be a safe environment for the sick and Walker abused those premises and facilities for his own gain.”
PC Christopher Wright said: “Walker is a career criminal who has abused the trusting environment of NHS hospitals in order to prey on its ill residents and hard working staff.
“This significant sentence given to Walker will hopefully show and give the public reassurance that we are doing everything we can to put criminals behind bars.”