Serial thief jailed for targeting NHS staff at height of pandemic

A ‘callous and uncaring career criminal’ has been jailed after stealing from NHS hospital staff in Birmingham at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Wayne Bradley, 30, ‘conned and tailgated’ medics to gain access into unauthorised areas, before taking phones, a purse and a laptop, among other items, in April.

The serial thief was arrested after stealing phones belonging to hospital workers from a restricted area in Birmingham Children’s Hospital on April 15.

He was already the subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order that banned him from entering local hospitals after he was caught committing similar offences.

The theft at Birmingham Children’s Hospital came a week after he took a purse from Solihull Hospital.

Inquiries also linked him to further offences committed at a care complex in Bournville and Birmingham Women’s Hospital and the theft of a laptop from a cardiac unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Bradley was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to burglary offences and breaches of his Criminal Behaviour Order at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday

Sergeant Julia Slater said: ‘Bradley is a callous and uncaring career criminal who has gone out of his way to deliberately target the most vulnerable in society.

‘While the rest of the country was in lockdown doing all they could to stop the spread of the virus, he was going out to steal from those people most at risk, and most shocking of all, to steal from the selfless members of the NHS who were putting their own safety on the line to help save others.

‘We are pleased to see the courts agreed with us about the seriousness of Bradley’s offending, and this sentence should keep the public safe for the foreseeable future.’

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