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Cops: Hospital aide pawned patient's jewelry

Police said Linda Hernandez, 37, Islip, employed as

Police said Linda Hernandez, 37, Islip, employed as a patient care associate at North Shore University Hospital, has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property. (July 18, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

A 37-year-old Islip woman entrusted to provide hospital care to an elderly man was arrested after she hocked his $2,000 necklace at a pawnshop in East Islip, police said.

The necklace went "missing" at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset on July 5, Nassau County police said. Police said the victim, identified only as an 82-year-old man, was a patient -- and had been wearing the necklace.

Police said an investigation determined that Linda Hernandez, of 2761 Union Blvd., employed as a patient care associate at the hospital, pawned the stolen necklace.

She was arrested Wednesday in Manhasset, charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Hernandez is scheduled for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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