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Ailing teen robbed at hospital: Police

<p>A man robbed a sick girl at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and pawned her stuff on Main Street an hour later, police said yesterday.</p>

Stolen goods allegedly pawned an hour later



JEFF HODSON/METRO VANCOUVER


Vancouver Const. Tim Fanning holds up a photo of Bryan John Laidlaw at the Vancouver Police Department yesterday.



A man robbed a sick girl at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and pawned her stuff on Main Street an hour later, police said yesterday.



"To steal from a very sick 17-year-old girl in a hospital is probably a new low," said Const. Tim Fanning, as he unveiled details of the crime yesterday.



On Nov. 26, the man was chased out of B.C. Women’s Hospital after staff caught him skulking about.



He resurfaced at B.C. Children’s Hospital at 12:30 p.m. when a mother, returning to her sick daughter’s room, caught him stuffing their digital camera and portable DVD player into his knapsack. The woman yelled at him to stop, but the man continued loading up the pack.



Fanning said the player contained a disc of Christmas songs.



He ran from the hospital and pawned the electronics an hour later, under his real name, at AAA Pawnbrokers in the 3000 Block of Main Street.



The VPD’s anti-fencing unit entered the stolen property into Xtract, a database of seller information that pawnshops are required to fill out.




jeff.hodson@metronews.ca



















on the lookout




  • Police have been looking for Bryan John Laidlaw, 39, for a week. He has a criminal record dating back 20 years.


 
 
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