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$5,000 Stolen From Cancer Patient's Purse While At Hospital

Posted at 9:32 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 23:32:00-04

A woman fighting cancer became a victim of a theft while at the doctor's office, and the thief got away with more than $5,000.

Tina Baucomrainey was waiting to see her oncologist, but noticed the money was missing from her purse while in the waiting room in Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center.

Baucomrainey said she had accidentally left her purse in the bathroom. A nurse from the doctor's office a short time later returned it.

She said by that time, her husband's paycheck of more than $5,000 cash was gone, and the bad news continued once in the doctor's office when she learned she had stage one cancer.

A spokesperson for TriStar Centennial Medical Center said an internal investigation has been launched. 

"We work very hard to maintain an environment that supports the safety and security of our patients and their personal belongings while on our campus," they added.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department asked anyone with information on the theft  to call the police department.

A gofundme page was set up to help this family with her bills.