Sandusky police arrested a Sandusky man Saturday morning for felony theft after they say he stole from a woman in out-patient surgery at an area hospital.
Officers arrested Ira Churchill, 39, of the 2000 block W. Forest Drive, at about 6:30 a.m. after video from Firelands Regional Medical Center caught Churchill with the patient property bag of Jasmyne Williams.
Williams was in a hospital out-patient surgery room Friday when she discovered her bag containing her wallet, purple jacket and clothes gone. Churchill was in the hospital with his wife, who was in the out-patient room next to Williams.
An employee observed Churchill repeatedly looking into Williams’ room while leaning against the wall separating them. The employee did not see Churchill go into the room.
Video captured Churchill carrying the bag into a bathroom. When officers checked the bathroom, they found Williams’ property, minus her wallet, which she said contained $300.
When arrested, Churchill told police the wallet only contained $107, which he used to buy heroin, said Sandusky police Lt. Danny Lewis.
Churchill apologized and said he felt bad about the theft, Lewis said.
Churchill has an extensive criminal history, including prior drug and theft charges, according to police.