Agency nurse stole jewels from patients
Police trapped an agency nurse who was stealing jewellery from patients in care homes by planting a series of Â£10 notes which she took, a court heard. Agency nurse Elizabeth Smith, 36, of Carlisle, admitted theft charges when she appeared before Carlisle Crown Court. She was jailed for nine months. The court heard that Smith stole jewellery from elderly patients in a number of care homes. She had not attempted to sell the jewellery, but took it home with her because she liked it. Smith was caught only when she took two Â£10 notes which the police had planted after the daughter of one of her victims became suspicious, the court was told. The jewellery has been recovered and returned to its owners. As well as working for agencies Smith had also been working for Cumbria Contracting on behalf of Cumbria County Council.