A Florida woman, who was a Haines City hospital employee, is now in jail after police say she stole money from a COVID-19 patient.
According to the Haines City Police Department, 46-year-old Yolanda Curtis-Deliz was arrested and charged with grand theft after she was found stealing more than $900 in cash from a COVID-19 patient’s wallet.
Police say Curtis-Deliz works as a certified nursing assistant at AdventHealth Heart of Florida. She was working in an area of the hospital restricted for COVID-19 patients when the victim was admitted on Feb. 19, according to police.
A release from the police department says the patient placed his wallet in a bedside table drawer when Curtis-Deliz insisted that he go to the bathroom to “freshen up” while she “refreshed” the room. Police say when the patient left the bathroom, he noticed the table where his wallet had been placed was turned in a different direction and the drawer opened. The patient happened to be a former law enforcement officer and was cognizant of the way the room was prior to leaving for the bathroom. After he returned, police say he opened his wallet to find that $920 had been taken.
During the course of the investigation, HCPD said officers learned that Curtis-Deliz had an active warrant out of Osceola County for dealing in stolen property and providing false information to a pawnbroker.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Haines City Police Department at 863-421-3636. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477 (TIPS).