91-year-old’s rings stolen as she lay in hospital bed
jeff hodson/metro vancouver
A 91-year-old woman had her wedding rings stolen as she lay in a bed, recovering from a leg amputation at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver police said yesterday.
"(My grandparents) were married for 63 years," said Jason Dudlets, 38, grandson of the victim, Agnes Ulmer. "It’s not the value of the rings that we’re worried about. It’s what the ring represents. It represents everything that’s good."
At noon Saturday a man entered Ulmer’s hospital room and stripped three rings from her fingers, belonging to Ulmer, her mother and her great grandmother.
The thief whispered to the elderly and medicated woman that he was taking the rings to have them cleaned.
"It’s terrible," Dudlets said. "Grandma sits there and cries all the time now, seeing the scars on her fingers from the wedding bands."
The man was in an out of the room within three minutes, Dudlets said, adding that he thinks the thief may have had inside knowledge.
"He knew where to go," Dudlets said. "Why that one room? He also put his head down where the video cameras were. He left out the service elevator."
He was also highly critical of hospital security, saying that the guards working didn’t look at the security tapes and didn’t file a police report until Dudlets and his wife arrived at the hospital later that afternoon.