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Police: Seattle Woman Pretends To Be Nurse To Steal Medication From Patients

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File photo of a nurse ordering medication in a hospital. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Seattle police are on the hunt for a woman they say pretended to be a nurse for the sake of stealing pain medication from patients in a local hospital.

The woman is alleged to have put on an outfit resembling scrubs worn by nurses at Swedish Medical Center before entering a patient’s room on April 13, according to United Press International.

The woman appeared suspicious to the patient, but it wasn’t until his real nurse arrived and noticed some of his pain medication missing that his suspicions were confirmed. A machine containing the medicine had reportedly been pried open, and medication was still dripping onto the floor when the real nurse entered the hospital room.

Later, the same woman was seen in another part of the hospital, claiming to be checking pain medication machines when an alarm was accidentally set off.

She was described as a Caucasian woman believed to be around 30 to 40 years of age, UPI learned.

Ed Boyle, a spokesperson with Swedish Medical Center, told the Times that security procedures were being examined in light of the theft. He additionally noted that the delay in reporting the incident to the police – by as much as four days – is also under investigation.

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