Rome cancer center staff targeted by crook

- Police said they are looking for the man who snuck into a cancer center in Rome, Georgia, and stole from the very people caring for the patients facing life or death issues every day.

“They stated they saw a black male suspect walking around the third floor but they thought he was an employee so they didn't confront him,” said Captain Roy Willingham, Rome Police Department.

Rome police said a man could be seen on the healthcare center’s surveillance video casually walking into the third floor ward of the Harbin Clinic Medical Oncology Center located on W. 5th Street on April 20 and taking wallets out of purses.

“All I know is while I was out of my office, the individual enter the building, and was able to access my office as well as another office and steal our wallets,” said Vicki Serrit.

Police released surveillance video of a man they said used the stolen debit and credit cards snatched from the offices. Some of the images were captured at a nearby Walmart, but officials said the man also made purchases at a couple of nearby gas stations.

“He then went to Walmart and a couple of gas stations and spent a lot of money,” said Serrit.

Employees are concerned the man could access such a secured facility.

“I don't know, I don't know whether he somehow was able to, you know, walk by another patient where he wasn't observed. We do have locked entrances so I’m really not sure how he got in,” said Serrit.

The grandmother with three decades in the medical field said she cannot understand why anyone would want to target a medical center which helps cancer patients.

“It seems to me he could have found someone with a little less, worse luck to pick on I'm glad that he didn't get anything from our patients at least,” said Serrit.

Serrit said the thief also stole her social security card and an irreplaceable letter from her mother.

“Turn yourself in. I will get my money back and I will be okay, but I think that you choose the wrong people to pick on this time,” said Serrit.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call Rome Police Investigator Corey Bowers at 706-238-5129 and can remain anonymous.

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