An Oakdale nurse is charged with stealing a patient’s cash and credit cards to buy food, gas and a $300 gift card, police said.
Renee Caporale, 39, was arraigned on credit card fraud and drug charges and released on her own recognizance Saturday.
Nassau County police arrested Caporale on Friday after she stole a male patient’s credit cards from the intensive care unit at Northwell Health’s Plainview Hospital, 888 Old Country Rd. in Plainview, where she worked, police said.
Nassau police said Caporale went into a hospital room closet Thursday morning around 7 a.m. and removed $160 in cash and several credit cards from the patient’s wallet.
The patient and his son later received several fraud alerts from credit card companies, indicating someone was making purchases on the cards at a McDonalds and 7-Eleven in Suffolk County, according to court records.
The patient’s family told hospital security that the wallet was missing. Hospital security notified police after observing Caporale using the cards on security video, court records and hospital officials said Saturday.
Police said they also found cocaine, oxycodone and other prescription drugs on Caporale when she was arrested. In addition to two counts of felony fourth-degree grand larceny, Caporale was charged with misdemeanor seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Caporale entered a not guilty plea at First District Court in Hempstead on Saturday. She is scheduled to return to court Feb. 2.
Caporale left the building with a jacket covering her face. She and her family declined to comment.
Northwell Health spokeswoman Andrea Mineo said Caporale had been employed as a registered nurse in the telemetry unit, which monitors patients with heart conditions, since April. She has been suspended.
“It’s a police matter and we will cooperate fully with any investigation,” Mineo said.