Friday, March 19, 2010

Woman robbed on her deathbed

UPDATE:

Police arrest second man in Toronto's notorious deathbed robbery

Marcos Marinoni caught by officers north of Toronto; 26-year-old to face hospital-theft charges
UPDATE:

Isaac Lewkowitz was arrested Wednesday night and charged with theft, conspiracy and drug possession. He is also charged with failure to comply with the terms of his probation.
On his Facebook page, which contains numerous spelling and grammatical errors, he says that "until two months ago the bad of me was much more then the good. today im happy to say that all the bad of me was left behind, and a new person is here to stay for good :)."
Police say Lewkowitz, 29, entered Toronto's East General Hospital on Tuesday evening along with 26-year-old Marcos Marinoni.

Police have arrested one man and are looking for another in the theft of over $7,000 worth of jewellery from an unconscious elderly woman just moments before she died in a Toronto hospital.
Police allege the same two men robbed patients in four other local hospitals during the past while.

Can you believe it?
A surveillance photo released by Toronto police of suspects in the  Mar. 16 robbery of a woman in palliative care.Surveillance photos from Toronto East General Hospital show two men wanted for allegedly stealing jewelry from an unconscious woman in the pallative care unit. (TORONTO POLICE)
One man was around 5-foot-9 with short, dark brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a black leather jacket, a black and white striped shirt and white running shoes.
The second man had a shaved head and was last seen wearing a fedora-style hat and a dark jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.

You know you can't take it with you...but you can't leave it at your empty home,
which *was* robbed previously, last time she was in the hospital...
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On her admittance to hospital, for the last time, she took $7,000 of her jewels with her to hospital. What's a woman to do?

Dying woman robbed in hospital -- Canoe.ca

On the 16th Mar 2010 ... The two thugs skulked into Toronto East General Hospital, ... and searched floor to floor before finding the woman in her palliative-care unit bed. ...

Then, while the police are taking a report of the incident, the woman passes over.

Mind you, you can't leave it with your family members:

Courts seeing more financial abuse of seniors by family members
Posted March 15, 2010 - A news article describes how courts are losing patience with children who seem more concerned about cashing in than caring for their ailing parents.

What are you going to do?
I say, give it all away before you get to badly off you can be taken advantage of, and give it to those who need it! Be aware of your physical situation. Be realistic. Hospital staff and police do not want to deal with this any more than family members. I wish I had known the wishes of my late mother regarding her possessions. This is why a will, and a security box, are so important. That said, I've lost the key to ours. Do you suppose this is one of the first signs?!

1 comment:

KaHolly said...

Ahhh, during fall of 2008 I sat by my "aunt's" bed as she lay dying, while others cleaned out her home. Suppos-ed friends. The family was so distraught at her passing, they decided to just let it go. To this day I am enraged at the indecency and gall of how others take advantage of the infirmed and dying. I wrote a letter of awareness to the editor of the local paper at the time, but they didn't deem it worthy for publication. I had called it The Predator and the Prey. Great post. ~karen