Victim of ICU theft speaks to FOX 5

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Very few of us could imagine what Terry Miller of Hampton and her family were experiencing the day someone stole her credit cards in a hospital waiting room.

The 71-year-old Miller said she was in an ICU waiting area at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, where her husband Bob just had surgery to have both legs amputated. She said her 81-year-old husband has diabetes. That’s when a thief struck, reaching into her purse and stealing her credit cards and her cash.

“I put my purse down on the floor next to a chair I had been sitting in,” Miller said. “We got up and we were kind of watching the doorway to see if they were bringing my husband up yet.”

Miller said her husband was just getting out of surgery and was being taken to ICU for recovery. It had been a long, stressful day. She said a man who sat down in a chair next to Terry’s purse in the ICU waiting room probably knew that.

“He had to just have slid his hand down next to the seat that nobody even had an idea,” Miller said.

In a statement to FOX 5 News, Piedmont Healthcare said:

“The safety and security of our patients and visitors is of great importance to Piedmont Henry.  Our internal investigation about the alleged theft is still ongoing; meanwhile, we are cooperating with local authorities with their investigation.”

Surveillance video showed a man at a Walmart, hours after the theft, using Miller’s credit cards. The family says that was not the man they saw that day. They said they were sure of it. Henry County Police told FOX 5 News that others might be involved, but the suspect on video was who they say used the cards.

Terry Miller said don’t let it happen to you. She said she was normally very careful.

“Your husband has just had both legs amputated.  You don’t need to go through anything else.  You didn’t need to deal with anything else.”

Terry Miller and her family would very much like the people responsible arrested and brought to justice. This is an Atlanta Crime Stoppers case. There is a reward for information that leads to arrest. Call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 404-577-TIPS.

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